‘On the right track of state cap­ture’

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DEPUTY Pres­i­dent David Mabuza, while not im­plic­itly nam­ing any­one, has warned those al­leged to be in­volved in state cap­ture that South Africa is no ba­nana repub­lic and that ef­forts would be made to bring back any­one ab­sent from the coun­try who is re­quired to an­swer for their ac­tions.

In his maiden ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion in the Na­tional House of Prov­inces yes­ter­day, Mabuza said Par­lia­ment was in­ves­ti­gat­ing state cap­ture.

The ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry, headed by Deputy Chief Jus­tice Ray­mond Zondo, would con­tinue with that work, he said.

“It ap­pears that the com­mit­tee in Par­lia­ment will soon fi­nalise its work. I’m sure the work will be avail­able to the com­mis­sion. Ev­i­dence that has been pre­sented to the com­mit­tee might pos­si­bly be used in the com­mis­sion of in­quiry.

“We hope that be­yond that, our law en­force­ment agen­cies will take over and do what is right,” Mabuza said.

He called on MPs not to be im­pa­tient. “I don’t think we should be im­pa­tient. We are on the right track. I’m sure peo­ple will be ar­rested (in con­nec­tion with state cap­ture).”

Asked about in­di­vid­u­als who had ap­par­ently skipped South Africa to es­cape be­ing held ac­count­able for in­volve­ment in state cap­ture, Mabuza said South Africa has “agree­ments” with other coun­tries.

Par­lia­ment’s pub­lic en­ter­prises port­fo­lio com­mit­tee, which has been hold­ing an Eskom in­quiry, has not suc­ceeded in per­suad­ing the Gupta broth­ers, for­mer SAA board chair­per­son Dudu Myeni and for­mer Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, to give ev­i­dence. The Gup­tas are said to be in In­dia. Mabuza said: “We are a coun­try that has got its own laws. We are re­spected among coun­tries.”

Be­cause of its re­la­tion­ship with other coun­tries any­one who has “done wrong on our shores” could be ex­tra­dited.

Though he did not name him, Mabuza men­tioned the mat­ter of Bri­tish cit­i­zen Shrien De­wani who, charged with the mur­der of his wife in South Africa, re­turned to Lon­don and re­fused to re­turn to an­swer ques­tions.

“There was a strug­gle to get that per­son to come and ac­count and an­swer ques­tions here. Fi­nally, he came.

“Rest as­sured we are a coun­try. We are not a ba­nana repub­lic.

“We are re­spected among na­tions. We hope that when the time comes peo­ple are sub­poe­naed to come.”


SA IS RE­SPECTED: Deputy Pres­i­dent David Mabuza is sure peo­ple will be ar­rested for their ne­far­i­ous be­hav­iour.

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