Five ways the SACP can go after the Guptas

2016-06-07 13:15
Atul Gupta (File, Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

Atul Gupta (File, Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg - No sooner had the ANC dropped its internal investigation into the alleged crooked dealings between the Gupta family and the state, than the SACP expressed its disappointment. 

The party had been meaning to raise the issue in at least two meetings with the ANC, but these had to be cancelled due to other commitments. The party is, however, reconsidering its options.

Here are a few:

1.     Try again: Convince the ANC to reopen its investigation and make submissions. Remember, however, these submissions have no protection by law and the investigation is informal. It is unclear what the consequences for the Guptas would be, should their dealings be found to have been suspect.

2.     Divine intervention: Approach the South African Council of Churches to help with logistical and legal advice on how to process complaints against the Guptas. The SACC has previously said it would make resources available to pursue any such complaints – which could go through official channels like the Public Protector’s office. The party said after its central committee meeting over the weekend, it might consider taking this route.

3.     Take to the streets: Although it is unclear whether Cosatu is onboard, SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande on Sunday said “mass action is important”. The party intends to ask for Cosatu’s help.

4.     Call in the judges: The SACP has previously called for a judicial commission of inquiry into the matter. It is still waiting for anybody to listen.

5.     Sleep with the enemy: The DA has invited MPs who also belong to the SACP to support its motion calling for a parliamentary ad hoc committee to investigate alleged state capture by the Guptas. 

It’s unlikely, though. SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo said the SACP was “not in the business of parliamentary theatricals”. He said the party called for a judicial inquiry while “the DA was fast asleep and before it could dream about its call of parliamentary investigation.

It is a legitimate call and not some DA parliamentary gimmicks of popularity-seeking grandstanding.”

Read more on:    sacp  |  gupta family  |  johannesburg  |  state capture

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