We are funding the ANC’s kleptocracy

2010-05-01 10:57

The dealings of the ANC’s investment arm, Chancellor House, have

laid bare a disturbing phenomenon in South African politics.

It is worrying that

the ruling party is awarding itself government tenders and using tax money to

finance programmes to stay in power.

We are in effect financing the ANC’s

election campaigns, fruitless conferences and many other activities that help

the party to consolidate its grip on power.

We were reminded of this sorry state of affairs recently when news

broke that the ANC stood to benefit from a R27.6?billion World Bank loan to

Eskom to increase the country’s capacity to generate electricity.

The ANC holds a 25% stake in Hitachi Power Africa, a company that

won a contract to install boilers at the Medupi power station in Limpopo and

Kusile in Mpumalanga.

The ANC stands to benefit from the R38.5 billion Hitachi

Power Africa expansion plan. Not only do the ANC’s top brass enrich themselves

through taxpayers’ money, they are using this money to entrench their hegemony

in our society.

No wonder the party’s leader, Jacob Zuma, once pronounced: “We

believers know that Jesus will come back. We say the ANC will rule until he

comes back!”

In modern politics, it is not the ideas that win the day, but the

resources. The ANC has set the example.

This is why most of the parties,

including the Congress of the People (Cope), Independent Democrats and African

People’s Convention, have to date fared poorly in all democratic polls.

To fight off the threat posed by Cope, the ANC unleashed a huge

amount of resources, including a fleet of state vehicles, into one of the most

expensive election campaigns ever.

With this in mind, what annoys me the most is the fact that the

state’s arms of law are lenient on ANC ministers, mayors and councillors despite

proof that they are misusing our resources.

How can we create a vibrant multiparty democracy in South Africa

when we have such imbalances? We are dangerously funding a one-party

state.

It is also no secret that the ANC, on many occasions, has awarded

state contracts to companies that will, in return, put something back into the

coffers.

It is this money that is causing infighting in the party, which in turn

has weakened service delivery.

Our money has also paved the way for the emergence of the

Americanisation of politics, as the ANC in Gauteng noted recently.

Soon, poor

politicians will not be able to assume powerful positions in both the ANC and

government. One will need to be rich to be a president or wield considerable

power.

This country is at the most crucial point of its revolution. It

needs to develop a funding model for all political parties.

It is partly this lack of transparency in party funding that has

weakened our democracy and turned the ANC into a haven for marauding gangs

fighting for our taxes.

Our country is slowly sliding into a kleptocracy. The

ANC is looting our resources with impunity and arrogance – and we are funding

it.


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