PROGRESSIVE PROFESSIONALS FORUM GAUTENG MEDIA STATEMENT 26 July 2020 PPF GAUTENG ON ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION AND NEPOTISM IN THE GAUTENG HEALTH DEPARTMENT
PPF Gauteng wishes to welcome Gauteng Premier back from defeating a scary and deadly pandemic. He remained in our thoughts during the challenging period. We welcome him back when his leadership and anti-corruption conviction is more required than before as a word on the lips of many in Gauteng this past week has been “corruption”. The Gauteng PPF as the think tank and a resource base of South Africa wishes to offer a perspective on the allegations of corruption to a certain extend allegations of nepotism.
PPF Gauteng agrees with the narrative that suggests that corruption at high levels of government distorts the allocation of government spending, lowers the quality of infrastructure, and broadly increases the cost of delivering services. Even relatively petty or routine corruption deprives government of revenues, distorts economic decision-making, fosters, and reinforces distrust of government, and imposes negative externalities such as persisting poverty, lack of access to services, growing inequality and unemployment and failing small businesses. At its most severe, corruption diminishing the capacity of a developmental state, crippling its ability to lead the process of transformation and sabotage efforts to deliver a better life for all.
In a province and a country that upholds the rule of law, firstly the law must take its course. Pursuant to this approach and to an extent that the official statement of the Health Department is a true reflection of the facts, we wish to commend the MEC of Health in Gauteng for being pro-active by initiating the process which led to these revelations. Ethical leadership is about doing what is right when no one is watching, and according to the statement, indeed the matters were not yet in the public domain when these actions were taken. It is now up to the law enforcement agencies to execute their task with no fear or favour and for all parties involved to cooperate. Furthermore, throughout this entire process, it is our view that we should be consistent on the principle of “not guilty until proven” so that we do not reduce such important matters to the court of public opinion. However, the visible impatience and disappointment of the people must be understood within the context of what is seen as a low appetite by the state to decisively deal with corruption hence we call upon SIU to act with speed as mandated by President Ramaphosa so that NPA can play its part where necessary.
As per Amilcar Cabral’s advice, “Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories…”
For more information please contact the Provincial Chairperson or Secretary, Sasabona Manganye – Provincial Secretary on 0614513715 [email protected] or Provincial Chairperson – Herman Radali on 073 517 0136.
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