MEDIA STATEMENT – 01 SEPTEMBER 2020
CMRM COMMENDS RENEWED CIVIL SOCIETY CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION
.The Claremont Main Road Mosque (CMRM) is outraged by unrelenting reports claiming that public officials have been unashamedly stealing funds earmarked for Covid-19 relief efforts. We are appalled by the allegations that government officials unduly benefitted from Covid-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) tenders and other funds allotted for Covid-19 relief. We call for the immediate suspension of officials implicated in Covid-19 related corruption crimes and for such individuals to be expeditiously tried by special courts. Those found guilty of corruption charges should not only be imprisoned but their assets confiscated so as to recoup the funds so desperately needed to serve the needs of the poor and marginalized.
We call on all religious leaders and institutions to amplify their efforts to expose endemic corruption in both the public as well as the private sectors. CMRM has since 2012 been leading interreligious efforts at combatting corruption and we support the renewed campaign by civil society organizations to redouble our efforts in the fight against the scourge of graft corruption. CMRM calls for the convening of an urgent national convention of independent civil society organizations to confront the deep seated and long legacy of corruption in South Africa that pre-dates the ANC government. We call for a discussion of concrete steps that could be undertaken to bring those guilty of corruption to account, in both the public and private sector, and to suggest practical ways in which our public institutions can be strengthened to ensure transparency and ethical governance.
CLAREMONT MAIN ROAD MASJID BOARD OF GOVERNORS