'State capture' report full of 'gossip, innuendo, hearsay' - ANCYL

2016-11-04 21:20
Brian Molefe. (File)

Brian Molefe. (File)

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Cape Town - Former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on state capture is full of gossip, innuendo, hearsay, and untested evidence, the ANCYL said on Friday.

Madonsela’s successor, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, should take her “shoddy work on judicial review”, the league said in a statement.

The drama surrounding the release of the report was unnecessary and it was one-sided.

“It is of grave concern that some of the key individuals implicated in this report were not even given the slightest opportunity to present their side of the story,” spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize said.

He questioned why it was released without a fair and thorough investigation.

If Madonsela’s intention had been to comprehensively investigate state capture in South Africa, why was her report silent on the role of white monopoly capital in “capturing” South Africa, he asked.

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The real intention behind the report was to attack Eskom and destroy its CEO Brian Molefe, the league said. Mkhize encouraged Molefe to “stay strong”.

He said it was worrying that Madonsela did not afford Molefe the chance to present his side of the story.

Cellphone tracking records obtained by Madonsela's investigators indicate that Molefe was at or near the Guptas' Saxonwold residence 19 times between August 5 and November 17 2015.

Molefe and Ajay Gupta, the eldest of three Gupta brothers, made 58 telephone calls to one another between August 2015 and March 2016.

Molefe and Ronica Ragavan, a long-time Gupta associate who was recently appointed acting CEO of Oakbay Investments - the family's main holding company - made phone calls to one another.

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The ANCYL said Molefe was getting on the wrong side of “white monopoly capital”.

“Clearly, his outstanding track record in most recently turning around Eskom, rescuing the nation from load-shedding, taking Transnet to greater heights, untainted reputation, business acumen, and most importantly resolve to transform Eskom's skewed procurement patterns, could not have sat well with white monopoly capital.”

The ANCYL believed its call for Molefe to be appointed finance minister set in motion the “final quest for his head”. It called on everyone mentioned in the report to take it on judicial review.

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