Posted on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 17:07

Support for anti-corruption march in South Africa grows

By Crystal Oderson in Cape Town

Photo©ReutersSouth Africans fed up with the growing corruption in the country are planning simultaneous marches in two major cities next month.

The campaigners have formed the Unite Against Corruption lobby group, which is organising the marches set for August 19 in Cape Town and Pretoria.

One of the organisers Thuli Ngubane said rampant corruption threatens South Africa's fragile democracy.

Twenty-nine civil society organisations and eight unions, including the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Section 27, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance and Equal Education would join the protest.

The initiative was first proposed last month as a way to tackle the spiraling levels of corruption in South Africa.

Since its inception, thousands have expressed their support for the call to unite against corruption.

Organisers said this was in response to what they called 'corruption denialism' by the African National Congress and President Jacob Zuma's reaction to the Nkandla debacle where the South African leader was accused of using millions in public funds to upgrade his rural homestead.

Earlier this week, legal firm, ENSAfrica identified South Africa as one of the 'hot spots" for corruption in Africa.

ENSAfrica released its 2015 anti-bribery and corruption survey where it engaged more than 80 organisations in Africa.

The survey found that incidents of bribery in Africa had increased, but at the same time so too has awareness about anti-bribery compliance.

Steven Powell of ENSAfrica expressed concern about corruption becoming entrenched in municipalities and in the government.

Countries identified by respondents as hot spots for corruption are South Africa, Ghana, Angola, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda.

Beginning of August, there will be a picket at the National Assembly in Cape Town during parliamentary debate on the 'Nhleko report', which found that Zuma does not need to pay back any money for the Nkandla upgrades despite the findings of the public protector.

Unite Against Corruption organisers said there was a feeling in the country that 'enough was enough' and something must be done to demand accountability from public officials, to demand action against corrupt business practices.

The culture of impunity that has taken hold, the increasing high levels of collusion in business, unjustified state sanctioned violence against the masses, and lack of protection for whistleblowers requires that action must be taken to win back the power for ordinary people in this country.

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