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Stat­ing her case

Quick to jump on the State of Cap­ture re­port band­wagon was Meokgo Matuba, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the ANC Women’s League. Agree­ing to the need for a full probe into state cap­ture, she said: “Any in­ves­ti­ga­tion which ex­cludes white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal is an ad­vance­ment of white supremacy and serves a racial po­lit­i­cal agenda that hin­ders the build­ing of a non­ra­cial so­ci­ety.”

Per­haps Ousie Matuba is un­aware that the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor’s work is based on com­plaints lodged. Did Matuba re­port her con­cerns about white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal and at­tach the req­ui­site ev­i­dence?

Le­gal ea­gles

Not to be out­done by the women’s league, the ANC kinder­garten in KwaZulu-Na­tal was quick to re­mind the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor of the Con­sti­tu­tion’s pro­viso that the pres­i­dent was re­spon­si­ble for ap­point­ing com­mis­sions of in­quiry. “Oth­er­wise, you are say­ing the pres­i­dent is no longer the head of state. This is not a shared re­spon­si­bil­ity and, as such, the pres­i­dent does not need help from the Chief Jus­tice to ap­point a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry,” said youth league pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Than­dux­olo Sa­belo.

But the Con­sti­tu­tion also for­bids the ap­point­ment of Cab­i­net min­is­ters by the Gup­tas and the pres­i­dent’s son.


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