Anglican Archbishop calls for 'tsunami of truth'

2016-03-31 15:07

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Johannesburg - Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba on Thursday called for a “tsunami of truth-telling” about influence-peddling in government by business interests.

He hoped the Constitutional Court’s ruling that President Jacob Zuma acted unlawfully in handling the Nkandla matter would give public servants and others new courage to speak out and generate “not just a wave, but a tsunami, of truth-telling”.

He was speaking during a graduation ceremony at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he received an honorary degree.

“We live in a society based on fear. Our members of Parliament are too scared to hold the executive properly to account. Those in the executive or in public service who are alleged to have been approached by a well-known family living not too far from here, who have allegedly been offered blandishments in return for business favours, have been too afraid to speak out about it,” he said.

Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor revealed earlier this month that the Gupta family had tried to offer them ministerial posts in return for business favours.

Without mentioning names, Makgoba said the courage of a few was breaking down the fear. He hoped it would unleash a wave of truth-telling about corrupt influence-peddling, not only by one family, but by other business interests too.

Makgoba said Thursday’s Constitutional Court ruling was a great day for South Africa’s constitutional democracy.

The Constitutional Court ruled that both Zuma and the National Assembly violated the Constitution when they disregarded Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s remedial action that he repay some of the R246 million spent on upgrades to his Nkandla home not related to security.

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