State capture a hot topic at Chris Hani's commemoration

2016-04-10 22:03
Blade Nzimande (Netwerk24)

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Johannesburg – State capture and the role played by the Guptas within the ANC became a hot topic during the commemoration of the death of Chris Hani on Sunday at Boksburg.

Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told the crowd that the Guptas have abused workers and were no different from several white capitalists.

“There is nothing patriotic of the Guptas. We know the Guptas abused some of the workers in Sun City. They said they cannot be served by dirty workers they would need to be bathed before they serve them.

“We know ANN7 workers are struggling... There is nothing different from Gupta to Ivan Glasenberg, Nicky Oppenheimer, Johann Rupert, Raymond Ackerman because they all survive on the backs of workers,” he said.

SACP secretary general Blade Nzimande instead said people should not excuse the Guptas because they aren’t white capitalist.

“Some are asking why the Gupta should be fought when we have Rupert and other capitalist holly guards who have long captured either the apartheid state or even parts of post apartheid. We would like to debate this. It’s as if the Gupta’s are an answer to the Ruperts...

“We fought against the Kebble family that tried to capture the ANC Youth League. We stood up and said it’s wrong. Neither the Ruperts, or the Koos Bekkers or the Guptas are safe,” he said.

Nzimande told Mantashe the ANC needed to confront cooperate capture as a unit.

“You can’t sit back and watch when your own victory is undermined... We are calling upon COSATU to close ranks to defeat cooperate culture.”

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe saidthe question on who is captured was irrelevant. He said the ANC’s problem was not the Constitutional Court judgement but rather the loss of South Africa's confidence in the ANC.

“It’s not the ConCourt judgement that is the issue, the issue is trust deficit, that has developed with people beginning to trust us less and once our people lose  trust, anything and everything we touch will develop into a huge noise.

"Society is beginning to reduce the confidence and trust in us... It’s not about Zuma. It’s about the ANC,” he said.

Mantashe said the SACP will be marching against cooperate capture, transformation of the financial sector and in support of the ANC in Durban this month.

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