Tag: Cyril Ramaphosa

Investigate corruption at Crime Intelligence and State Security Agency now

FOLLOW-UP QUESTION BY STEVE SWART MP

“President, the ACDP shares concerns and is extremely concerned about allegations of malfeasance, corruption and gross abuse of State resources at both Crime Intelligence and the State Security Agency. While we welcome the review panel that you are instituting, clearly there is nothing to prevent investigation and prosecution on the basis of those allegations at this stage.

Would you agree that those investigations should continue and that steps should be taken to investigate those authorities such as IPID and other police officials that might be intimidated both from Crime Intelligence and the State Security Agency from doing their jobs in eradicating these ‘rotten apples’ from these institutions?

REPLY BY SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT, MR CYRIL RAMAPHOSA

“I am able to confirm that the review panel that is going to be set up is going to get involved in – as I have already said – reviewing the mandate particularly of our intelligence service. But that does not prevent any investigations already underway from proceeding. If there are any investigations that have commenced, we will say they should go ahead because, if there has been wrong-doing, we would say that that wrong-doing needs to be addressed and those who are found to have participated in wrong-doing, should, indeed be dealt with. So, there is no prevention whatsoever to investigations that have already commenced from proceeding.

The review panel will be reviewing the mandate, the effectiveness, the systems and the structures of our intelligence agency and once it has come out with a report, we will then be able to see the extent to which that state agency needs to be recalibrated, to be reformed, and if it requires restructuring, how we will be able to do that so that we reposition it to serve the interests of the people of South Africa in the most effective way in terms of our Constitution.

Thank you very much.”


FOLLOW-UP QUESTION BY STEVE SWART MP
National Assembly Questions to the Deputy President in response to question by Ms D Carter (Cope): “Whether, in the interests of transparency, accountability, responsibility, the rule of law and the best interests of the country, he will establish a commission of inquiry into the alleged serious dysfunction, malfeasance, corruption and gross abuse of resources of the State, including financial resources, for wrongful ends within the Crime Intelligence Division of the SA Police Service and the State Security Agency; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?”
8 May 2018

Ramaphosa must urgently root out corruption starting with his cabinet

Madam Speaker, Honourable President Cyril Ramaphosa, and honourable members.

The excitement, hope and great expectation that filled this House on Friday night during the State of the Nation Address, reminded me of the days when the late former President, Nelson Mandela, was with us in the House. Thank you Mr President for giving hope to the people of South Africa.

Speaker, after making a befitting tribute to Madiba, the President made a commitment to ethical behaviour and ethical leadership. The absence of these two critical essentials in the previous administration, are among the foundational causes of the Capturing of the State of our country.

Even though it was encouraging to hear the President promise that the tide of corruption in our public institutions will be turned, I wondered whether he will have sufficient support to succeed because corruption has now become ‘a culture’ in some of our departments and institutions. It has become so endemic, that trustworthy officials and police officers have become fewer and fewer by the day.

The ACDP calls on President Ramaphosa to show his intention to urgently root out corruption by starting with his cabinet. On Wednesday, we want to see a new Minister of Finance give the Budget Speech. We want to see captured ministers and deputy ministers who are entangled in a web of corruption investigated as soon as possible. Justice must be seen to be done, and done without fear or favour.

Speaker, the President also promised to address concerns about political instability, and to ensure that there was policy certainty and consistency.

This, we believe, is crucial to ensure economic growth. While the ACDP believes that government must have a just and fair land redistribution programme, we are convinced that the expropriation of land without compensation will create policy uncertainty, and will potentially hinder the expected flow of new investors into our country. Besides the fact that we believe it is unjust to take a legally registered property from someone without compensation, we believe that this will dampen hopes for a peaceful and united future.

The unemployment rate in our country remains unacceptably high; South Africans, particularly South Africa’s youth, deserve better. Our country is blessed with many natural resources and our people are resourceful.

The fact is that government ignored warnings a few years ago when there were signs that we would run out of water in Cape Town is totally unacceptable.

But, what is even more devastating is to hear that both National and Western Cape Provincial governments refused help from internationally acclaimed Israeli water technicians to prevent water shortages.

I know that movements such as the BDS and other anti-Israel organisations are urging government to boycott Israel because of the apartheid lie. Surely it is irresponsible for government to refuse help from experts that would benefit all people, particularly the poor and the vulnerable because of narrow political agendas.

I therefore want to appeal to you Mr President not to be influenced by people who hate Israel more than they love our people. The politics of hatred will not help our country. Hatred does not build; it destroys. Hatred does not unite; it divides and hinders progress and prosperity. Political agendas of every kind have brought anxiety and much suffering in many parts of the world, including in this beautiful city of Cape Town. The ACDP calls on government to be humble and ask for help from people with a proven track record – people who  live in a desert and yet have no water shortages.

Mr President, we welcome your commitment to reinforce ethical behaviour and ethical leadership. We urge you to pursue truth, righteousness and justice for all, irrespective of race, socio-economic status or party affiliation. As you do, the ACDP, together with millions of South Africans, will also say “send me!” With the Almighty God at our helm, we will work together towards creating a beautiful and prosperous South Africa for all!

I thank you.


SPEECH BY: REV KENNETH MESHOE MP
Reply to 2018 State of the Nation Address
19 February 2018

ACDP congratulates newly-elected South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa

ACDP President Rev Kenneth Meshoe today congratulated Cyril Ramaphosa on being elected as the 5th President of the Republic of South Africa.

Rev Meshoe told Ramaphosa, “That South Africa will be looking to him for leadership, direction and unity to restore the tainted image our country has had internationally”.

Meshoe further advised President Ramaphosa “to place a team around him that comprise men and women of integrity, but above all, to “let the fear of God guide him”.


ISSUED BY: REV KENNETH MESHOE MP 
15 February 2018