JOHN DLUDLU: State must act on corruption if it wants to restore public trust
Allegations of theft and corruption have been swirling around Covid-19 relief programmes
Last Friday, a day after another presidential address on the coronavirus pandemic, someone took to social media and posted this message: “Grootman is addressing us about the corruption and misuse of the relief fund as if we are the ones stealing money ... Hauwa Grootman call a staff meeting tomorrow.”
The message was in reaction to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to close public schools for a month, a clear concession to pressure from teacher trade unions that are aligned to the governing party. The president also announced the formation of a multidisciplinary anti-corruption task force to clamp down on corruption around the government’s multibillion-rand socioeconomic relief package.