Zondo: The hammer falls… and hits the ANC squarely between the eyes
Part one of many report into “allegations” of state seize by the Zondo Commission, which was launched final week, reads just like the scariest Stephen King novel you have ever received your fingers on. It’s extra devious than Carrie and eviler than Pet Cemetery.
If you have not but completed so, pricey News24 subscriber, please learn the report for your self. Yes, our job as journalists is to supply right and correct info after which to interpret it as logically as attainable, with the mandatory context and institutional information that we possess. But this report needs to be learn unvarnished. And within the chilly gentle of day, that is what half one (of three) tells us: the ANC ran one thing akin to an organised crime organisation.
It was ANC cadres – hand-picked and deployed by the celebration – who had been greasing the gears of extraction, diverting billions of rands of public funds for the advantage of the Guptas. State corporations – Eskom, Transnet, SAA – had been a number of the foremost extraction websites, with the previous ANC chief and head of state, Jacob Zuma, because the prime mover.
Zondo’s report makes fairly some findings and proposals, together with that prison investigations be launched towards, inter alia, Brian Molefe.
State seize was clearly a scientific, organised and environment friendly programme of useful resource extraction from the general public purse by actors inside and outdoors the state. This was executed by and completed with the acquiescence of the highest management in authorities and the ANC.
Part one of many report emphasises this reality repeatedly. The ANC’s response appears to be to disregard it, to belittle the judiciary or assault Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. It not a successful technique.
Professor Tinyiko Maluleke, analyst Ralph Matheka, and columnist Ebrahim Harvey have all learn the report and write concerning the implications for the ANC.
Also, Karyn Maughan, News24’s specialist authorized author, argues that not solely was Zondo inside his rights to defend the judiciary towards the cynical assault on it by Lindiwe Sisulu, the minister of tourism, however it was additionally his responsibility to take action. (Sisulu going off the reservation is the third largest storyline of the 12 months up to now, and we’re solely two weeks in.)
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Until we learn the final phrase of the final sentence of the ultimate and third a part of the Zondo report, we might not subject a definitive verdict on the worth of this report, or this fee, for that matter, writes Tinyiko Maluleke.
Ebrahim Harvey writes that the severity of the findings, allegations and related suggestions made within the Zondo report into state seize, makes it very clear that it’s certain to worsen and deepen the already present factionalist conflict within the ANC.
Ralph Mathekga writes that it is going to be unattainable to implement the suggestions of the Zondo Commission report meaningfully, whereas on the identical time making an attempt to guard the picture and integrity of the ANC as an organisation.
Judges in South Africa routinely face baseless accusations from these they rule towards. But, Karyn Maughan writes, Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s comparability of black judges to “house Negroes” crossed a democracy-threatening line – and demanded a response.
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