The time to act on ‘state capture’ is now

2017-08-09 06:02

STATE capture just like white monopoly capital has become a buzz word in many circles where politics is discussed.

Concerned citizens understand the ramifications of state capture and it’s concomitant negative implications on our fragile economy which is estimated to grow at 0.6% in the current financial year.

This is further compounded by our downgraded status coupled with inflation which is impacting on all because of higher commodity prices.

The Hawks should act on allegations of state capture and commence with investigations. As an independent Chapter 9 institution they have an obligation to give answers to the electorate as to how their taxes are being spent or mismanaged and the amount being siphoned out due to unsavoury practices and corruption.

SA cannot rely on President Zuma to establish a commission of enquiry into state capture as he is allegedly highly conflicted. The call for an independent commission is highly unlikely since this duty is the task of the president. The Constitution needs to be revisited and changed so that even the number one citizen can be held accountable for corruption and bringing the country into disrepute. If the Constitution gives tacit protection to elected public servants, then it’s a slippery slope we are manoeuvring on.

Sihle Zikalala has stated that Zuma is not a Gupta “lackey” meaning the family may have done things in the president’s name, but without his knowledge and approval. However, the facts tell a different story. Ministers were ordered by the president to meet the Guptas. Ministers were informed about pending cabinet changes by the family before the president made the announcements. Therefore the president cannot be exonerated from his role in this saga. He cannot escape culpability as he is a active enabler of state capture. It takes two hands to clap. It’s common knowledge that the Guptas cannot act alone.

The country needs answers. Law enforcement agencies led by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula should be ordered to begin with investigations rather than wait for Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry.

All those implicated in e-mails need to come clean by explaining their relationship with Guptas. Our democracy is not up for grabs by agents of state capture. Our country has suffered immensely therefore decisive action is required immediately.

VIJAY SURUJPAL

KZN

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