South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said Friday his government will watch how billions of dollars to fight the novel coronavirus is spent, in an effort to avoid corruption. 

‘‘I do not want to hear of a commission [of inquiry probing corruption] request after COVID-19 and therefore we want to take pro-active steps,” Ramaphosa said in response to a question as he visited facilities set up to deal with COVID-19 cases in Gauteng province.

Ramaphosa announced Rand 500 billion ($26 billion) as part of a massive social relief and economic support package as the country grapples with the effects of

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