Today, ActionSA attended the court appearance of the alleged murderers of Gauteng Health official and corruption whistle-blower, Babita Deokaran.
Deokaran was murdered outside her Winchester Hills home and was a key whistle-blower in an investigation into dodgy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) contracts in Gauteng. Her death represents the justice system’s failure to protect brave South Africans who are gatvol with corruption and have taken it upon themselves to play their part in fighting the scourge of this coordinated criminality, even to the extent of risking their own lives.
In honour of Babita Deokaran, today, ActionSA President, Herman Mashaba launched ActionSA’s Anti-Corruption Blueprint, our roadmap for Fixing South Africa, one municipality at a time, by ending corruption. Mashaba was joined at the launch and court attendance by Dr Makhosi Khoza, our eThekwini Mayoral Candidate, Mayoral Candidates for Tshwane and Ekurhuleni, Abel Tau and Tlhogi Moseki, respectively.
We unwaveringly believe in respect for the Rule of Law and ethical leadership at all levels of government – no country can prosper in a state of anarchy and lawlessness. For South Africa to make progress, we must address the rampant crime, corruption, and general lawlessness.
Fixing South Africa means that we need to put an end to the era of political patronage, cadre-deployment and the rampant looting of public funds. Instead, we need an ethical, competent and caring government that is committed to public service with pride.
Accordingly, ActionSA unapologetically believes that corruption is Public Enemy Number 1. So long as it is allowed to fester into every crevice of governance, it will continue to undermine all the gains we hope to make as a country. Corruption will continue to direct much-needed funds from service delivery and enrich only the political connected elite.
A drastic and innovative change is needed in order to fight, and end, corruption. We must create the right systems, ethical norms and incentives to not only ensure those who are involved in corruption are caught and prosecuted, but more so, corruption becomes a thing of the past within government.
Our plan creates protection and incentives for whistle-blowers who provide credible information leading to prosecution and also establishes early detection systems for suspected corrupt activities.
To protect and incentivise whistle-blowers, ActionSA would:
To stop corruption dead in its tracks, amongst other measures, we would also:
The simple truth is that South Africans are gatvol of the ANC’s corruption, looting and cadre deployment; tired of their load-shedding and service delivery failures across the country; gatvol of rising unemployment and poverty whilst ANC cadres enrich themselves and their friends and family; tired of crime and lawlessness; and gatvol of the gross incompetence of a government that is not committed to public service.
ActionSA wields a serious track record in government that most established political parties cannot compete with. Our collective governance experience means that we will be able to present compelling blueprints for these municipalities, and voters will be able to believe in their credibility based on what has been observed in the past. This cannot be overstated in an era where South Africans have grown wary of the promises of political parties.
In this campaign ActionSA stands above other parties because we have a track record of success in local government. In a party that is just a year old, we have former Mayors, MMCs, Chiefs of Staff, a Chief of Metro Police, a CEO of SALGA, Chairpersons of Portfolio Committees, and the list goes on and on.
In the coming elections, we will demonstrate the change we can bring to South African communities. However, for this change to happen, every single South African must vote in the coming local government elections. Every South African must vote to expel the ANC from office.
We are ready to contest the coming elections and serve the people of South Africa.