Cruising at high speeds with no one at the wheel

2008-04-19 00:00

A graduate of the African National Congress’s University of Robben Island once told me that the party is a huge omnibus encompassing all types of people including doctors, lawyers, labourers, illiterate people, civil servants and even prostitutes. This is a clear picture of how the organisation reflects every shade of South African society.

The arrest of senior councillors of the Msunduzi Municipality came as no surprise and the question is: “Why are only a few individuals being prosecuted when the real people behind the corruption and mismanagement are roaming freely and are covering their tracks?” This is not the first time that this has happened and Tony Yengeni is the only member of the ANC who was brought to book for his involvement in the arms deal. Yet past and present cabinet ministers and members of Parliament continue to make decisions about the Scorpions before they can sting them. Turning a blind eye to the “real” culprits gives life to the argument that the Scorpions are being remotely controlled by the very people they should be investigating and prosecuting.

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