Corruption Watch says that it is disappointing that since the Ramaphosa administration took power, South Africa hasn’t seen greater progress in anti-corruption policies and the strengthening of institutions to execute their mandate.
This comes as the latest Transparency International Corruption Perception Index shows that the country’s fight against corruption has stagnated over the last ten years.
This also comes as Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) gives President Cyril Ramaphosa seven to ten days to respond in writing to claims made by ANC MP Mervyn Dirks, regarding Ramaphosa’s alleged knowledge of the ANC’s alleged use of state money to fund party campaigning.
Executive Director at Corruption Watch, Karam Jeet Singh says: “Parliament was affected during this period of State Capture, and hasn’t fully exercised its mandate, its oversight functions. So, I think it’s encouraging that SCOPA is having these discussions. I think if we see a situation where the President is called to account before SCOPA, I think that would be a positive development, and the President shouldn’t have anything to hide.”