Anti-corruption march: 'We need to know that stealing hurts'
Marches against corruption took place in PTA, to the Union Buildings & to Parliament in CT today.
JOHANNESBURG - The Unite Against Corruption coalition has described today's marches as a success, saying they've forced business and government to act decisively against corruption.
Thousands of people marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, and to Parliament in Cape Town, where representatives handed over lists of demands and plans to stamp out corruption in South Africa.
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has assured the public that government is ready to resurrect the National Anti-corruption Forum.
Section 27's Mark Heywood says while he is pleased government has responded, there have been forums like this in the past that have failed.
"We have too many forums in our country, so that means nothing in and of itself. But if we, civil society, unite against corruption can force into being a serious program of action against corruption, in such a forum, then that is progress."
Among the prominent figures to address the march was most reverend Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, who says business stakeholders must do more.
"We need to know that stealing hurts, that the price of corruption is inequality."
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Meanwhile, the African National Congress' (ANC) Zizi Kodwa says the ANC will support any anti-corruption movement from civil society as they play an important role.
"Government, through institutions and legislation, will continue to deal with corruption but also society; because there are individuals in society that I am aware that society on its own doesn't expose their participation. The issue is not just government."
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