Pub­lic get­ting frus­trated

Business Day - - OPINION -

The woes blight­ing SA are for the greater part a con­se­quence of state cap­ture. Busi­ness and pri­vate so­cial moral­ity are at rock bot­tom and have been role-mod­elled by a ve­nal po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship. The pub­lic is rightly get­ting ir­ri­tated and frus­trated at the ab­sence of any high-level ar­rests.

In­stead, we hear of fi­nan­cial set­tle­ments for crooks, ex­tended disciplinary hear­ings and nev­erend­ing sus­pen­sions on full pay. Light­weight pre­sid­ing of­fi­cers are led by the nose by mis­cre­ants and their lawyers and are so pet­ri­fied of pro­ce­dure that sub­stance takes a back seat, as ev­i­denced by the in­com­pre­hen­si­ble post­pone­ment of the Tom Moy­ane mis­con­duct hear­ing on the weak grounds that the ac­cused em­ployee has con­trived a Con­sti­tu­tional Court chal­lenge.

These crimes were com­mit­ted through de­ceit and a reck­less in­dif­fer­ence for con­se­quences by peo­ple paid and trusted to fur­ther the in­ter­ests of those who elected them. They are con­sis­tent with the el­e­ments of trea­son, which is “vi­o­lat­ing, threat­en­ing or en­dan­ger­ing the ex­is­tence, in­de­pen­dence or se­cu­rity of the Repub­lic”.

The ANC wanted a “Lula mo­ment” and it de­serves no less — its cor­rupt of­fice-bear­ers in prison and its party crushed at the polls.

Syd­ney Kaye Cape Town

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