Big three parties' election promises on graft 'wishy-washy'

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Despite corruption being a hot topic amid political parties’ campaigns for votes, it does not seem as though any of the country’s big three political parties have a clear and detailed strategy to fight it, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

Senior research associate on justice and violence prevention Judith February said in a recently published paper the political manifestos of the ANC, Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were very broad and nonspecific when it came to fighting corruption. She said not much had come across as particularly new or innovative in the ANC’s manifesto, which is laden with promises to strengthen the criminal justice system and step up measures against private sector malfeasance, among other things.

“It was, after all, the ANC as an organisation that enabled leaders such as [former president Jacob] Zuma and secretary-general Ace Magashule to engage in state capture unhindered, while attacking and undermining those attempting to resist grand-scale corruption,” she said.

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