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Moeletsi Mbeki on Nkandla, 2014 elections

2014-03-24 15:45
(Giordano Stolley, Sapa)
Bloemfontein - If there is one thing about Nkandla everybody other than the ANC leadership can agree on, it's that the Nkandla national key point is somewhat of a mass indulgence.

In a recent interview with political economist, analyst Moeletsi Mbeki, he mentioned a few matters of concern when one looks at the investigation of the Nkandla saga.

Not the ANC; leadership

It starts with the ANC leadership’s sense of entitlement: "The leaders think that the South African people owe them and can therefore delve into their budgets".

But the ANC is not the problem, its leadership is what’s bringing it, and everyone else for that matter, down.

"It's people in their capacities as ministers and president Zuma as the CEO of this country that are responsible for these problems."

No regard for law

"They're sitting on a honey pot with no regard whatsoever for ethics or accountability and indulging incredibly."

Then there's the issue of the Public Protector waiting nine months for a response from the president, and the delays receiving information from the government.

“That comes to show that they think they're above the law.”


Documents requested by the Public Protector, but being reported as missing clearly shows what kind of lawlessness is happening within the leadership, Mbeki said.


Opposition

Soon after the Nkandla report was released by Thuli Madonsela opposition parties called for the impeachment of Number One, with Julius Malema and supporters at the Sunnyside Police Office attempting to lay criminal charges against Zuma.

Does Nkandla necessarily give the opposition leverage or some kind of advantage, and the right to exploit these circumstances?

"The opposition should discredit the ANC, that is their ultimate job."


Previous elections

What is it that keeps the ANC going at full speed and at the number one spot when it comes to the elections?

According to Mbeki about 70% of people who voted for the ANC in the 2009 elections were unemployed, with just 27% employed.

What does this mean in terms of the elections?

The unemployed 70% of its voters are dependent on social grants making the ANC have a nonchalant attitude of “as long as we pay their grants we will win,” Mbeki said.
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