President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday has put down the law to prohibit politicians doing business with the government. This follows the corruption cited from COVID-19 relief funds.
He said the action the government has taken to pull down on COVID-related corruption will strengthen the broader fight against crime.
Ramaphosa promised a firm action against criminals who occupy construction sites and then tried to extort protection money from businesses.
According to President the rapid response teams at national and provincial levels will step in.
“This will come to an end, it is impeding economic growth. We are working to clamp down on the illegal economy and illicit financial flows, including transfer pricing abuse, profit shifting, VAT and customs duty fraud, under-invoicing of manufactured imports, corruption and other illegal schemes,” he said.
There would be new rules to make sure political office bearers doesn’t do business with the government.
However, law enforcement agencies must be able to do their work without interrupted by politicians. There will be no political interference with the work of our law enforcement agencies.
“It is only when there is no political interference that we are able to observe the rule of law and strengthen all our agencies in the criminal justice system,” said Ramaphosa.