President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to arrest all those who are implicated in the unraveling VBS saga and throw away the keys.
With less than three weeks before the 2019, May 8 national elections- Ramaphosa was on a one day campaign trail for the African National Congress (ANC) in Seshego Zone one, which is Julias Malema’s Backyard and the Economic Freedom Fighter’s stronghold, outside Polokwane.
Speaking to hundreds of ANC supporters, dressed in ANC T-shirts, Ramaphosa fired the first shot, warning those who are deemed as corrupt in within the ANC to take cover as he vowed that those who were corrupt would soon be wearing orange overalls in Jail.
“This province [Limpopo] was marred with this terrible VBS scandal. We are going to make sure that those involved are held accountable. Top Limpopo ANC officials, namely embattled former Vhembe Mayor and ANC provincial deputy chairperson, Florence Radzilani along with suspended treasurer Danny Msiza have been implicated in a Terry Motau’s ‘great bank heist’ report.
“Most of the things that people are saying we must fix we are fixing, including governance at national level and at provincial and local level.
“We want those who have been appointed to work for the public to do so and not work for
themselves and their family members.
“They must be trustworthy. The thieves, we are behind them. They will end up where they deserve, with orange overalls,” Ramaphosa said with loud applause from the crowd.
He said people were seeing that the ANC under his leadership was fixing the country, and they wanted to give it another chance.
Since 2014, the ANC and the EFF have been engaged in a tug of war in Sehego. The ANC took hold of 78.6% of the votes, which was a clear indication of its rooted influence in the province.
However, since the emergence of rampant corruption in the provincial government, case-
in-point VBS Mutual Bank, Malema has gained a lot of confidence in his party’s ability to turn the tide from 10.7% of the votes in 2014, to majority rule.
Ramaphosa also launched a veiled attack on the EFF as he called on Seshego residents to reject ‘smaller’ parties that had ambitions to remove the ANC.
“We must back the ANC government to retain the control of the province and the country. There must be no smaller, little parties that must think they can take over government,” He said
“There are small parties that are going around claiming that they are the government in waiting. There is no government in waiting here. It is only the ANC that is waiting. South Africans in their
numbers – and these small parties will see – are saying the ANC will retain power with an
increased majority,” he said.
“Yes, there have been mistakes. But we have worked for the nation, and many people can see that the ANC has made the difference. If you don’t see, you are blind, and if you don’t hear, you are deaf,” said Ramaphosa.
He said his campaign trail was a duplicate of the listening tour embarked upon by former
president Nelson Mandela, who went on a roadshow throughout the country to understand the country’s problems before he took office in 1994.