SoNA 2023: ActionSA to Engage the Public Around Solutions to Crime and Corruption

We encourage all South Africans to join the conversation and help us shape a collective future defined by hope and prosperity by sharing their views with us via our online platform.

Tomorrow, I will be launching the second week of ActionSA’s public engagement campaign ahead of President Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on 9 February, as we shift the focus from Access to Quality Education to Crime and Corruption.

To launch Crime and Corruption week, I will be conducting an oversight visit at the Giyani Bulk Water Project together with ActionSA Limpopo Provincial Chairperson, Sello Lediga. The Giyani Water Project is a prime example of how corruption under the ANC has deprived South Africans of dignity and violated their fundamental human rights. Between 2014 and 2022, costs on the Project skyrocketed from R502 million to R4.5 billion. Despite this absurd and exorbitant expenditure, the taps continue to run dry.

The impact of crime and corruption on South Africans has been catastrophic, leaving law-abiding citizens living in fear while eroding their trust in the ability of our democratic system to deliver positive change. This has a severe impact on our economic growth and prospects of job creation. Economists have estimated that State Capture costs South Africa approximately R1.5 trillion over the second term of the Zuma administration – almost a third of our gross domestic product (GDP). Furthermore, high crime rates discourage foreign investment and tourism, and make it difficult for businesses to operate and for individuals to start and grow their businesses.

The reality is that no country can flourish, and no economy can grow, in a state of chaos and anarchy. That is why ActionSA believes that building an inclusive and prosperous future for South Africa must start by restoring the Rule of Law and ensuring our government is defined by ethical leadership.

To highlight the importance of this issue, as well as the solutions being proposed by ActionSA, over the coming week myself and the respective Provincial Chairpersons and Regional Leaders will be visiting notorious crime ridden hotspots and talking to ordinary civilians and law enforcement operatives alike to find solutions on how best to find lasting solutions to the crime we experience on a daily basis in a country that appears to be getting more and more lawless by the day.

During this week ActionSA Leaders will be visiting the Estina Dairy Farm and Controversial Asbestos project in the Free State. They will also visit Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment Plant, The Giyani Water Project, the best and worst performing police stations in South Africa and interacting with activists who treat and deal with Gender-Based Violence and Femicide on a daily basis.

Addressing issues such as these requires decisive action. Our police force needs to be restructured to become a modern crime fighting machine. We need more policemen and women, and to resource them and our detective units while modernising investigative capacity. We must equally remove the political interference that cripples our police and law enforcement agencies.

Additionally, our court system needs to be resourced and expanded so that the pace of justice is sped up. We need specialised units to tackle priority crimes in South Africa, including the re-establishment of The Scorpions. These specialised units must follow a prosecutorial style of investigation and must be supported by similarly specialised units in the NPA and our court system.

South Africa’s challenges can be solved, but solutions require political will from ethical leaders who will serve the interests of all South Africans. We know that the ANC does not have this political will, and ActionSA is ready to step in once the ANC is removed from power in 2024.

It is my firm belief that there is nothing bad about South Africa that cannot be fixed by what is good about South Africa – the people of our nation who want to see it succeed. We encourage all South Africans to join the conversation and help us shape a collective future defined by hope and prosperity by sharing their views with us via our online platform.