The number one citizen of South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa has issued an express order for the immediate arrest of any government officials who tempers with the nations’ resources (cookie jar).
Ramaphosa has called for the arrest of local government officials who “put personal greed ahead of the interest of our people”.
He was addressing the South African Local Government Association’s (Salga) national members assembly, currently taking place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
Ramaphosa said officials involved in corruption should be arrested like those who were recently arrested in KZN for their alleged involvement in political killings.
“This is encouraging. The same should be done to people who have put personal greed ahead of the interest of our people. We must deal with them so that they must become afraid to be arrested themselves. They must know that if they do wrong things, they will be dealt with like we are dealing with the killers here in the province,” said Ramaphosa.
The president also said perpetrators of political killings were afraid, “that’s why the killings have come down.
“With the arrests that have been taking place, they are now afraid to continue with their dastardly act. They now see that they are being made to account. They now see that something is going to happen against them. Even those who wanted to perpetrate these acts are now afraid to be arrested,” he said.
Ramaphosa told delegates that communities did not want to see government officials “with their hands in our cookie jar”.
“They don’t want to see us misusing and wasting their resources. They want to see us serving them with integrity, with dignity and without any form of corruption whatsoever.”
The president acknowledged that people who lived in informal settlements were subjected to “pain and anguish” whenever there were disasters caused by fire and floods.