South African political and civil societies commit to fight corruption, state capture
The South African Communist Party (SACP) and some civil societies have launched a campaign dubbed “hands off our democracy”, vowing to defend the country’s democracy and fight state capture and corruption.
The SACP Second Deputy General Secretary Solly Mapaila said there is a fightback by those in the state capture against those given the task to clean the mess they caused.
“The plundering of our resources has led to the almost collapse of our state-owned entities. We will not allow the continuation of this and are fully committed to confronting the state capture fight back. Looting and corruption cannot continue to be order of the day,” said Mapaila on Sunday.
He stated that there will be victimization and the intimidation on them and called on their compatriots to remain steadfast.
Mapaila said, “No matter our backgrounds, we have come together as patriotic South Africans.”
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation board Chairperson Derek Hanekom stated that those leading state-owned enterprises must show ethical leadership.
He pointed out that President Cyril Ramaphosa stands for a new dawn and a new chapter in the history of the country. He called on people to unite and “ensure that the dark chapter is closed. The dark forces of state capture are not giving up without a fight.
“Our democratic gains should not be eroded.”
He encouraged the youths to be the last line of defense of the democracy, Constitution and against state capture. Various organizations including Patriotic Movement,
Freedom Under Law and Johannesburg Against Injustice addressed the rally, calling for the people to support those fighting the state capture.
They pledged to act against corruption, state capture even if perpetuated by their own members. They also called for the protection for the whistleblowers.
The Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel also attended the meeting with some from the business sector.