South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has turned the spotlight on the need for SA to work together towards building a corruption-free South Africa.

Ramaphosa said one of the ways this can be achieved is by establishing an inter-corruption and mismanagement task team which would ensure that corrupt individuals, irrespective of their societal height are dealt with.

He said that South Africa and the world at large would be a better place if people refrain from indulging in corruption and mismanagement of state fund.

“…We desire a South Africa that’s corruption free. We desire a South Africa of men and women of integrity,” he stressed.

The deputy president asserted that it takes mature and responsible minds to fight corruption and mismanagement, urging his listeners not to enthrone “Mickey Mouse People” into government.

He disclosed that corruption in South Africa can only be effectively and efficiently tackled by the best leaders.

He was speaking at the 5th Expanded Public Works Programme Summit (EPWP) in Pretoria on Tuesday.

He reminded the people that EPWP is about empowering residents in villages, informal settlements and townships with skills they can use beyond the life of a project.

He affirmed that EPWP recognises that participants are valued members of communities, who make laudable impacts to the development and social cohesion.

“It recognizes that inclusive economic growth and democratic participation are best advanced through strong partnerships between government, development organizations and citizens,” he added.

He told the participants that EPWP is not about enriching individuals rather it is about resuscitating poor communities and helping them to regain financial freedom.