Gup­tas live and lead

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ANC Lives. ANC Leads. This was one of the party’s mantras in a by­gone era, when the ANC took a de­ci­sion as a party and its cadres im­ple­mented. To­day the Gup­tas Live and the Gup­tas Lead. In its post-na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) meet­ing state­ment on Mon­day, the ANC said it had agreed to the ur­gent es­tab­lish­ment of a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry into al­le­ga­tions of state cap­ture. But it added that the terms must be broad enough to un­cover the in­flu­ence of busi­ness on the state since 1994. The NEC ex­pressed its de­sire to see all pro­cesses of re­view­ing the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor’s State of Cap­ture re­port ac­cel­er­ated so that they are not an ob­sta­cle to the com­mis­sion’s start.

The ANC fol­lowed this up with a state­ment on Fri­day that “noted with grave con­cern” the rev­e­la­tions em­a­nat­ing from the #Gup­taE­mails scan­dal and re­it­er­ated the call for a com­mis­sion.

Well, there lies the crux of whether the ANC leads and the ANC gov­erns. With this de­ci­sion, those de­ployed in govern­ment are called to act on the re­port of the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor. Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma should there­fore heed his party’s call and ap­point the com­mis­sion. The crim­i­nal jus­tice clus­ter must use the re­port to bring peo­ple who may have com­mit­ted crimes to jus­tice. Those who used their po­lit­i­cal of­fice and state em­ploy to serve pri­vate and for­eign in­ter­ests in ex­change for grat­i­fi­ca­tion must also face the wrath of State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter David Mahlobo. He must for­get about the West for now. The en­emy could be much closer, Min­is­ter.

The ANC should not con­flate is­sues by want­ing the in­quiry broad­ened. The Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor’s re­port dealt with a spe­cific mat­ter con­cern­ing the Gupta family, fol­low­ing com­plaints lodged with the of­fice. The Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor’s re­me­dial ac­tion should be ad­hered to with­out any al­ter­ation, as the Con­sti­tu­tional Court con­firmed in the Nkandla judg­ment. Tam­per­ing with it would be tan­ta­mount to con­tempt not only of the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor but of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court. It is also noth­ing but a red her­ring. Such an in­quiry could go on for years and prob­a­bly not pro­duce any tan­gi­ble re­sults.

South Africa and the ANC must not al­low Zuma, the Gup­tas and their filthy crew to di­vert us from the search for the truth and the dis­man­tling of the crim­i­nal syn­di­cate they are run­ning.

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