The “cruel and callous” assassination of Gauteng Health Department corruption whistle blower Babita Doekaran was aimed at silencing and frightening those “who still stand for integrity, ethical values and leadership”, says the Health Commission of The Evangelical Alliance of South Africa in a media. statement.
Commending the murdered senior finance official for standing for ethical leadership and against corruption and looting within the department, the statement, released by urges public servants and health care workers to follow her example.
The statement, released by Professor Frank Risenga Chauke, convenor of the Health Commission, also commends community members who assisted police in arresting suspects, who according to weekend newspaper reports are believed to be hitmen linked to a senior ANC official. Doekaran, who was a witness of the Special Investigating Unit in its probes into contentious multimillion-rand personal protective equipment tenders in Gauteng., was gunned down outside her home in Mondeor, south of Johannesburg on August 23.
“We pray for the arrest and successful prosecution of the actual masters of this evil act fuelled by greed and corruption,” says the statement which also calls for greater protection for whistle blowers.
“We are further praying for God to comfort the family and friends and to heal them from this pain and tragic loss.
Corruption is a crime against humanity, it undermines our country’s democratically elected government and perpetuates poverty and inequality. Our public institutions need to be rebuilt and strengthened, our constitutional democracy needs to be defended, whistle blowers need to be protected, corruption and looting must be fought from all corners,” concludes the statement.
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