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effEWN reports that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has pledged to pass legislation that would make all public representatives and civil servants forfeit their pension funds and savings if they were found guilty of corruption.  

This was outlined in the party’s election manifesto launched in Soshanguve on Saturday.  Allegations of wide-scale corruption involving public servants and private companies have been exposed throughout last year, including the Zondo commission into state capture and the VBS Bank scandal.  The red berets are talking tough on corruption through their manifesto by promising to also introduce a minimum sentence of 20 years for all public representatives and servants convicted of corruption.  The party also said it would protect whistle-blowers and the independence of Chapter 9 institutions, such as the Public Protector and the Auditor-General, in the fight against corruption.  Other legislative instruments the EFF wants to use to tackle corruption include reducing and eventually banning the use of consultants by government, introducing legislation preventing all public representatives and public servants from doing business with government, and establishing “state administration courts” to deal with corruption.

  • Read Thapelo Lekabe’s report on this story in full at EWN


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