SA’s being looted and there’s no party to stop it. This is what ...

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SA’s being looted and there’s no party to stop it. This is what must happen

It is a perilous moment for SA, when an effective coalition against corruption must come from society

Imraan Buccus

The reputation of the ANC has plummeted in recent weeks as the scale of the looting of emergency funds allocated to the Covid-19 crisis has become clear. In a massive health and economic crisis in which people are dying, and others are losing their jobs or having to take pay cuts, it is simply nauseating to read that Ace Magashule’s son bought a R2m BMW days after winning a huge tender to provide masks and soap to the Free State government. Popular anger against the ANC has never run this hot.

We know from the past, when Jacob Zuma led an orgy of looting, the ANC can be punished by voters at the polls. In the 2016 local government elections many ANC voters stayed home in disgust and the party lost the Johannesburg, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth metros. During the contestation between Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Rampahosa for the presidency of the ANC, and therefore the country, it was possible to believe that there was an anti-corruption faction in the ANC, and that support for Ramaphosa could translate into real moves against entrenched corruption.

Now that Ramaphosa has been in office for more than two years, it is clear that he is not going to slay the corruption dragon. Now that he has lost the support of Cosatu many commentators see him as lame-duck president who may not see out his terms. This raises the question of where we go from here. There are a few options...

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