The Covid-19 outbreak has fuelled corruption, he added. “Our economy is not recovering. [Those in government] use the tender system to enrich themselves through PPE deals. Unemployment keeps rising and Covid-19 is putting a damper on all of it,” he said.
The mining and agricultural sectors that traditionally used to drive the economy were no longer fulfilling this function, said Holomisa.
“We need to start reviewing matters. The problem with corruption in SA is that we are not changing the narrative. There must be consequences for perpetrators of corruption. We must root out corruption.
“Paying lip service is not good enough. The corrupt must be fired, go to court and if found guilty, they must rot in jail and pay back the money.”
IFP president Velenkosini Hlabisa echoed these sentiments on corruption crippling the “already ailing” economy.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has ravaged our economy and deprived South Africans of their livelihoods,” Hlabisa said. “The IFP believes the development of an inclusive economy is an absolute priority now more than ever. We can't afford to leave anyone behind. Being an active participant in the economy speaks directly to a person’s human dignity.”
He said for the country to work, poverty needed to be alleviated and inequality redressed. “We need to empower families and fulfil the rightful aspirations of all our people and future generations.”