Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane, speaks about the extent of corruption in South Africa and how his party would fight it.
“I think corruption is a massive issue. It’s at the conservative estimate of R6.2 billion, but what I think corruption in South Africa indicates, is that it’s become a systemic thing. Every contract that is conceived in South Africa by the state has elements of corruption in it. It’s almost as though, as former president of South Africa described it, he said: ‘Every project that that is built, is built with corruption in mind’ and therefore, it means that the resources of the states have been stolen. Many South Africans are left unemployed as a result of it and, naturally, I think that it indicates of the fact that the ANC, as a ruling party, has become a party that is suffering from the cancer of corruption that has taken over every sector of society [sic].” – Mmusi Maimane, 21 November 2018.
“The fight against corruption needs serious accountability and so from where we [the DA] sit, our starting point is to make sure we build a capable state. You’ve got to attract people to the administration that in fact are not loyal to any party political system but are focused on a capable state so that when corrupt politicians come on board, the administration is able to hold them to account.” – Mmusi Maimane, 21 November 2018.
“Secondly, I think it’s important that you build institutions that fight against corruption. What the ANC successfully did, is they managed to send people to key institutions like the Prosecuting Authority; they appointed people who were aligned to them so politicians never became prosecuted.” – Mmusi Maimane, 21 November 2018.
“Thirdly, I think we are always saying to ourselves as a party, once you’ve built those institutions attractive to people who can do the job, you have to ensure that where corruption occurs, you immediately prosecute and that’s why we’ve taken a strong stance against it and our policy offer going, even now, is to say, where there are corrupt politicians, they must be locked away in jail for a long time[sic].” – Mmusi Maimane, 21 November 2018.