It all points to Number 1

2014-12-07 15:01

6 You attest to receiving R1?million from a Mafia don and a minister has to write you a letter asking you to resign from a public board.

5 You lie about your qualifications to Parliament and then lie again. Parliament has to request for the Speaker to ask the president to ask you to step down.

4 You are investigated by the Hawks for allegedly defrauding a social grants agency, but you continue to run for a leadership position in the country’s premier youth league. The elective conference is cancelled because you will not stop your campaign, even though the case is pending. You are also a parliamentarian.

3 You defraud pensioners of millions of rands, which you put into investments that go belly-up. You go from court to court to evade justice.

2 You ignore a Public Protector finding that you lied about your qualifications and illegally doubled your own salary. Then you ignore a judgment saying you should step down.

1 A court finds you were in a corrupt relationship with your financial adviser involving a public tender. Charges against you are to follow, but they are dropped.

6 Brenda Madumise. This week, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu wrote to Madumise asking why she should not be axed as the chairperson of a home builders’ state agency after reports confirmed she received R1?million from Czech fugitive and alleged underworld boss Radovan Krejcir. Why didn’t she stand down?

5 Ellen Tshabalala. This week, a parliamentary committee unanimously agreed that Tshabalala had twice lied to Parliament about her qualifications to lead the SABC. Tshabalala has gone to the courts and obstructed a finding repeatedly despite Unisa confirming to City Press in July that she did not have the claimed qualifications.

4 Pule Mabe. Despite an ANC policy declaring that individuals charged in corruption matters stand down from their positions, Mabe remains an ANC MP, even though forensic reports show his company allegedly defrauded the SA Social Security Agency. Mabe’s run for the leadership of the ANC Youth League was deflected by a decision to suspend the national congress. The youth league has probably died. Why didn’t he stand down?

3 J Arthur Brown. The Fidentia boss defrauded workers, widows and children of miners and clothing workers when he siphoned off pension funds into unworthy investments. When he was found guilty, he evaded his trial (or should it be jail term) and then got a slap on the wrist. This week, it took the Supreme Court of Appeal to point out that South Africa cannot have one justice for the poor and another for the rich. It hiked his sentence to 15 years. Why didn’t he stand down?

2 Hlaudi Motsoeneng. The SABC’s chief of operations (and acting CEO) has evaded justice despite a Public Protector finding against him as well as a court judgment stating that a suitable candidate must be found for the powerful broadcaster. Why doesn’t he stand down?

1 Here’s why these people don’t stand down. President Jacob Zuma. He is a powerful figure who, with the judiciary, is the arbiter and the guard of the rule of law. If the leader plays fast and loose with the law, and uses legal smarts to evade justice and personal power to mislead important institutions, it sets the tone for others to follow.

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