South Africa: Covid-19 and Crimes Against Humanity - South Africa Has Gone Low, It Must Now Aim High


Let there be no mistake: corruption is Africa's biggest killer. The Constitutional Court has repeatedly stressed that it destroys all we have fought for, and strikes at the heart of all our rights.

In an editorial in Daily Maverick on 2 August ("Stealing from your own people is a crime; stealing during the pandemic is a crime against humanity"), this publication correctly lamented the state of our nation - where the country's public officials brazenly abuse the pandemic and their offices, to profit from despair. And where well-connected companies loot while infections rise.

Stealing from your own people is a crime; stealing during the pandemic is a crime against humanity

President Cyril Ramaphosa was forced to respond, arguing in his weekly letter that Covid-19 presents a "turning point" in the fight against corruption. He wrote that those stealing Covid-19 funds are "scavengers" behaving like a "pack of hyenas circling wounded prey". He reiterated that the Special Investigating Unit has been authorised to investigate Covid-19 related corruption and announced the establishment of a "special centre" to bring together institutions, from the Hawks to the State Security Agency, to tackle corruption. Ramaphosa heralded that "through the establishment of the SIU Special Tribunal,...

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