On the 30th April 2013 EWN broke the news then that the Gupta family had used Waterkloof airforce base as their private landing airport for their wedding guests. When concerned Citizens became excited by the breaking news, the Gupta family released a statement saying: “the airforce base was used with full permission of the authorities to receive foreign dignitaries, including some ministers”. That was unprecedented because the so-called “dignitaries” were mere private guests of the Gupta family.
Yet again, the Executive fell over after tripping themselves trying to explain the malice and shift blame away from so-called Number 1. After the inter-ministerial ‘investigation’ blame was apportioned to Bruce Koloane and other Junior Staff.
But for a public servant to act treasonous, someone at the very top had to give ‘political’ order or command that the Guptas be allowed to land at a National Key Point. We all know how the “National Key Point” syndrome gripped the country and civil society was even threatened with detention if they continue flouting the key at will. The question may be rightfully asked Today – What National Key Point?
When the real National Key Point was violated the offenders Guptas to date have not been brought to book for their treasonous act. Except of course the very insignificant else in the civil service.
The so-called inter-ministerial investigation was nothing else but Number 1 investigating himself with obvious results. When the Executive is accused by civil society of abusing power, the clear and present danger to the Republic Constitutional Democracy is when Number 1 sets a precedent to sideline other organs of State capable of making independent findings. Why not institute a Commission of Enquiry with unambiguous terms of reference instead of tasking HIS Ministers to investigate themselves? And since Ministers are depended on Number 1 ‘generosity’ for their opulent lifestyle, their relationship is obviously coercive.
The final finding of the inter-ministerial ‘investigation’ was nothing but patronage because the Gupta family is a benefactor to Number 1, his family and the ANC. Blame everybody except Number 1 syndrome proved communicable.
When the allegations of corruption where first made in 2003 by the then NPA boss Bulelani Ngcuka, then Number 1 blamed all except himself and a precedent was set:-
a) 2003 Number 1 and company falsely accused NPA boss Bulelani Ngcuka of being an apartheid spy thus shifting blame
b) 2006 Number 1 at his rape trial: “In adhering to Zulu cultural norms, you had been obliged to have sexual intercourse with the complainant because she was sexually aroused. Had he walked away from the complainant when in that state, in Zulu culture that would have been tantamount to rape”. Blame the victim and some skewed culture!
c) 2007 Number 1 and so-called spy tapes that were said to be evidence that exonerated him from corruption charges. Allegedly Thabo Mbeki was to blame.
d) 2009 the M&G raises the alarm about the probable power abuse at Inkandla Number 1 family compound and those allegations were to persist for the next 4 years with no end in sight.
e) 2012/13 the so-called security cluster used dusted an apartheid law (National Key Point) from the dustbins of history to frustrate, delay and intimidate civil society and the Public Protector from finding out the truth about the obvious political power abuse unsurpassed opulence at Inkandla Number 1 compound. ANC wants us to trust their Executive with the integrity and sanctity of the Republic? Wow! That’s asking too much of civil society.
f) 2014 Public Protector investigation Inkandla compound so-called security upgrades cost the Citizens of the Republic more than R246m. Number one has said countless times before that he had nothing to do with the ‘security upgrades’ at his personal compound. Well today we know that he spared us grief of the truth.
The tone was set when the ANC finally responded to the Public Protector findings. When the ANC says it has a problem when two organs of State investigate one case. May I remind the ANC - It was civil society e.g. M&G 2009 which first raised the alarm about the possible or evidence of ‘executive abuse of power’ at Inkandla Number 1 compound. By then the Ministers response was ‘unconscionable’ and today more than R246m was spent and some of the construction is not even finish. I challenge the ANC to get a third opinion from the courts?
Blaming the timing of the release of the Public Protector findings is ingenuous because ANC tends to ignore the facts before them. It was Number 1 and his Executive who applied delaying tactics to frustrate the investigation. It took Number 1, 9 months to respond to the Public Protector first correspondence. In fact it would be proper for the ANC to join the bandwagon and lay ‘defeating the ends of justice’ charges against Number 1. Number 1 did mislead the National Assembly but the Public Protector gave him the benefit of a doubt that it was done in ‘good faith’. Whatever that means!