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Ramaphosa must explain Covid-19 tender irregularities in Parliament,says DA

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has challenged President Cyril Ramaphosa to explain in Parliament Covid-19 procurement contracts allegedly awarded to the ANC political elite’s kinsfolks and acquaintances.

“President Ramaphosa must at once explain to Parliament the COVID-19’s ANC feeding frenzy,” DA leader John Steenhuisen said on Saturday.

Although predictable, said Steenhuisen, Covid19-related tenders enthusiasm by individuals associated with ANC during the current crisis is a dirty stain on our country.

“Even through tender irregularities reported in the media, this may be just the tip of the iceberg.

We know the President’s son Andile Ramaphosa got a contract worth R6 million to modify Gauteng taxis under Covid19 regulations.”

President Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko’s husband, Thandisizwe Diko is implicated in a contract worth R125 million to supply personal protective equipment.

ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule’s sons Tshepiso and Thato Magashule allegedly received R2,7 million Covid19 procurement contract in the Free State.

Despite the solemn promise made by the President on March 23, Steenhuisen stated that the temptation to induce billions of emergency Covid-19 emergency spending is always hard to resist

The President swore to the country on national television that the government will not tolerate extortion in the Covid19 pandemic and warned that anyone who does so will face serious consequences.

“I want to clarify that we expect South Africans to act in the interest of the South African nation and not in their own selfish interests,” said Ramaphosa.

President Ramaphosa said he directed the National Prosecuting Authority’s special units to act at once and arrest those found with corruption evidence.

Steenhuisen said despite the President’s statement the government will join forces with the judiciary to make sure those implicated and found guilty go to jail, family members of the high-ranking ANC politicians reap Covid19 tenders’ profits.

“I’m looking forward to the President’s honest account in Parliament of his party’s looting, and his detailed plan of action to act against those involved,” said Steenhuisen.

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