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DA's Helen Zille Exposes Innovative Corruption Trend in South Africa

Published September 21, 2023
8 months ago

Helen Zille, Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance (DA), sat down for an eyebrow-raising interview in which she pointed out what she refers to as 'innovative corruption'. According to Zille, increasing levels of corruption are surfacing, naming the African National Congress (ANC) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) as two of the prime instigators.

In the course of the interview, Zille revisited the example of the Metsimaholo Local Municipality in the Free State. Through court action, the DA blocked a hefty payment to a questionable property developer. The illicit transaction would have plunged the district into financial ruin.

Zille believes that the corruption issues facing South Africa aren't an anomaly but signify a deep-rotted trend that is now becoming regular under ANC rule. The corruption, she argues, is not limited to the illicit activities like BOSASA witnessed but runs much deeper. Towards the end of the interview, Zille was asked about the governing issues Johannesburg faces and the recent political retirement of the city’s former executive mayor, Mpho Phalatse.

Zille intimated that the ANC and EFF, desperate for campaign funds, file dubious claims against municipalities, siphoning millions from public funds. She also warned of the threats that whistleblowers face while revealing these corrupt practices, which makes reporting increasingly dangerous.

A highlight of the wide-ranging interview was an explicit focus on the disruptions Johannesburg has faced due to the fluidly shifting political alliances of smaller competing parties. Zille believes the answer to these issues lies with the voters and is optimistic that change can be achieved through future elections.

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