Gi­gaba must fix the mess he helped make

Sowetan - - Opinion - Moipone Male­fane

The ANC is talk­ing about im­ple­ment­ing its rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion pol­icy.

And the party is ar­gu­ing, rightly so, that black peo­ple, who are in the ma­jor­ity, do not own the means of pro­duc­tion and re­main poor.

But the ANC and its gov­ern­ment are pre­pared to go to the white monopoly cap­i­tal that it is cur­rently fight­ing to beg for a loan at the World Bank and In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund (IMF) in ex­change for our sovereignty.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba’s medium-term bud­get pol­icy state­ment said it all last week. The money is gone and he is part of the rea­son why gov­ern­ment has run out of money.

His state­ment of­fered no so­lu­tions that can help gov­ern­ment im­ple­ment the so-called rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion pol­icy.

Gi­gaba is the same man who en­abled the theft of the pub­lic monies by ap­point­ing one Gupta sup­porter after the other to key po­si­tions at some, if not all, sta­te­owned en­ter­prises (SOEs).

This hap­pened at the time he was pub­lic en­ter­prise min­is­ter.

It is rich for Gi­gaba to lec­ture us about good gov­er­nance when he en­abled theft at SOEs such as Transnet, Eskom and ev­ery other SOE the Gup­tas could lay their hands on.

It is one thing to tell us what we al­ready know, your job is to fix the mess.

You could not tell us how we ended up in this hole.

But how will you fix the mess when we can’t even trust you?

Yes, you can an­nounce how you will clean up, but un­til you tell the na­tion about the or­ders you took from Sax­on­wold, no one will take you se­ri­ously.

Min­is­ter, you are young, and if your pres­i­den­tial am­bi­tions are to be be­lieved this is an­other op­por­tu­nity for you to show us what you are made of.

So, in­stead of try­ing to pre­pare us for your jour­ney to the World Bank and IMF to beg for hand­outs, be your own man, stand up against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, his fam­ily and the Gup­tas.

Yes­ter­day, the Sun­day Times pub­lished a dis­turb­ing, or rather dis­gust­ing de­tails, of how crooks are close to Zuma and how the pres­i­dent was on the pay­roll of a se­cu­rity com­pany.

All this hap­pened while the na­tion was also pay­ing him to be the num­ber one ci­ti­zen. Where is the pres­i­dent’s pride? That is why Zuma and his friends should be given their marching or­ders.

Min­is­ter, you have to save the coun­try and do not give money to state cap­ture projects like nu­clear pro­cure­ment.

Un­bur­den your­self.

There is still time.

‘‘ It is rich for Gi­gaba to lec­ture us about good gov­er­nance ...

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