The final decisions on government tenders must be taken out of the hands of politicians, ANC president Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

“We must remove adjudication of tenders from those that hold political office. We must separate it,” he said.

Responding to questions at a Cape Town Press Club breakfast, he suggested a mechanism such as a tender board needed to be found to address this issue.

“That will go a long way to delivering a telling blow against corruption, at least in government.”

Zuma said corruption was “all over” and causing anxiety in South Africa.