President Cyril Ramaphosa was on the heritage day almost quoted 𝘪𝘱𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘢 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘢 saying the despicable phenomenon of corruption and crime was not representative of the country's heritage, particularly when committed by those who have been appointed to hold integral positions in government, suggesting that it ought to be rejected with the strongest contempt it deserves wherever it rears its ugly head.
Ramaphosa's comments were informed by the prevailing notion in society which seeks to suggest that corruption had become systemic and basically a way of life - normalised.
And as a way to inspire confidence in society, the President had to be strong in his condemnation of corruption and malfeasance.
One could say his corruption busting crusade has been unrelenting in recent months, with the Special Investigating Unit (SUI) mainly at the forefront of exposing anf holding to account those who have shamelessly stolen from the poor.
Meanwhile, this morning, Ramaphosa's cabinet has again demonstrated that those who are alleged to have been engaged in unbecoming and corrupt practices are being dealt with decisively, this after confirmation that the department of health director General Dr Sandile Buthelezi was placed on "precautionary leave" with immediate effect.
Buthelezi is among those who have been implicated by the SIU in the exhaustively-talked about scandal which involved the irregular awarding of a whopping R150-million tender to controversial company Digital Vibes.
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The scandal shook the country and has already claimed victims in so far as their positions were concerned, with Dr Zwelini Mkhize having had to resign from cabinet after overwhelming evidence was levelled against him.
Although it is understood that Buthelezi personally requested he be excused for a period of two weeks to prepare for his response against damning allegations against him, an inference can made that he must have been pushed to do so, as it wouldn't be surprising if he were not to return to his position.
Ordinarily, public servants who are facing allegations of maladministration and corruption leave their positions under the guise of "precautionary leave" never to return.
In late August, Dr Joe Phaahla had indicated that both Dr Buthelezi and deputy director general, Anban Pillay were facing suspensions pending investigations of the tender.
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