“Ethical and moral leadership, in both the public and private sector, will be critical if our collective fight against corruption is to succeed.” These were the words of the ANC national executive committee (NEC) on August 4 after reports of corruption related to Covid-19 procurement, which implicated some of its members.

However, a little more than two weeks later corruption accused former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede took the oath in the KwaZulu-Natal legislature and was sworn in as an ANC MPL. It again showed that “ethical and moral leadership” is just a platitude and makes a farce of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s promise of a cleaner and ethical ANC. ..

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