A top official of South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) has been criticised for calling for forgiveness of those involved in the state capture corruption scandal – equating such a pardon with reconciliation after apartheid rule ended.
The South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) said that it was shocked by the comments made by Bathabile Dlamini, who heads a branch of the ANC’s women league.
Sanco, IOL reports, warned ANC of pardoning those alleged to have been involved in corruption.
“Any suggestion that those responsible for looting of state resources at an unprecedented massive scale while making a mockery of our criminal justice system and anti-corruption measures might be left off the hook will ring the death knell for the ruling party if heeded.”
Ms Dlamini made the comments in an interview at the sidelines of the ongoing ANC party conference.