Amid widespread corruption in South Africa’s local authorities, President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the arrest of local government officials who “put personal greed ahead of the interest of our people”.The president said this when he addressed the South African Local Government Association’s national assembly on Tuesday in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province.

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.” 

Ramaphosa said officials involved in corruption should be arrested like those who were recently arrested in KZN for their alleged involvement in political killings of fellow local government officials.

“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,” Ramaphosa said.

Date published: 12/12/2018
Written by: APA News
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