Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Civil society meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa on Covid-19 corruption


On Friday September 11, the collective of organisations that had made a moral
call against Covid-19 corruption, met a delegation of the Government led by President Cyril
Ramaphosa. The group of six organisations is made up of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the
Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy
Foundation, the Foundation for Human Rights, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and the South
African Council of Churches.

The group, which had together made a moral call on August 7, for public vigilance against
corruption, and demanded transparency, accountability and good governance, took their call to
President Ramaphosa and his Government through the presentation appended herewith. This
meeting follows one with the national officials of the ANC at their request on the same issues on August 17, 2020.

Emphasising their call for transparent and accountable government, the group laid out several
proposals that would make for a social contract between government and our people based on
corrective measures to rebuild trust. The delegation was well received by Government, and
President Ramaphosa said it was an historic meeting, “to meet and focus on this one matter” of
corruption. He identified corruption as one of four epidemics confronting South Africa – gender
based violence and femicide, poverty and inequality, Covid-19, and corruption.

Recognising fully, that the people ant transparency and consequences for wrongdoing, he pledged
commitment for immediate, medium term and long term actions; and indicated a desire for a
structured way of working together with civil society to address these challenges.

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