Floyd s man has his say

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Sunday World - - News -

SUN­DAY World ran a front page story which ba­si­cally claimed that, back in 2008, ANC Youth League trea­surer gen­eral Pule Mabe trans­ferred R30 000 of the R2.25-mil­lion al­legedly stolen money to Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers’ com­mis­sar Floyd Shivambu, then a mem­ber of the ANC Youth League.

Mabe is al­leged to have stolen the money from the South African So­cial Se­cu­rity Agency (Sassa), which was meant to dis­trib­ute the funds to vul­ner­a­ble, poor, dis­abled and el­derly peo­ple and other wor­thy causes.

If in­deed Mabe stole the money from Sassa, and as said by Shivambu, he must be jailed for the crime and in­sen­si­tiv­ity of de­priv­ing wor­thy causes for his per­sonal en­rich­ment.

Steal­ing from the poor can never be an ex­cuse and should be con­demned by all means pos­si­ble. If the charge sheet brought to our at­ten­tion is any­thing to go by, Mabe also do­nated R100 000 from the al­legedly stolen money to the ANC Youth League cof­fers, mean­ing the whole or­gan­i­sa­tion has been de­filed with stolen money, meant for the poor.

For the news­pa­per to iso­late Shivambu and por­tray him as hav­ing com­mit­ted wrong­do­ing is ir­re­spon­si­ble and un­ac­cept­able. Even if Shivambu re­ceived the money, he re­ceived it dur­ing the course of his work in the ANC Youth League, and was cer­tainly not aware that such money was stolen.

Shivambu is not charged with any crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and will not be be­cause he com­mit­ted no crime.

Now, it is highly pos­si­ble that Mabe mis­led Sassa and re­ceived money in the guise of fund­ing a Pro­gres­sive Women’s Move­ment, be­cause it looks like that is what the ANC in gov­ern­ment does. So Mabe s pos­si­ble cor­rup­tion is just the tip of an ice­berg, which is at the cen­tre of the ANC’s de­cay and de­gen­er­a­tion into an African Na­tional Cor­rup­tion, led by Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

The re­cently re­leased au­di­tor-gen­eral’s re­port on gov­ern­ment fi­nances points out that more than R28-bil­lion was un­ac­counted for by gov­ern­ment de­part­ments across all spheres.

This does not in­clude the bil­lions of rands the AG re­port­edly says should not be counted as wrongly spent for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons. Cor­rup­tion, theft, fraud, and all sorts of mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion are en­demic in the ANC gov­ern­ment, and is one of the ma­jor causes of its in­abil­ity to de­liver so­cial wel­fare ser­vices.

It looks like all ten­ders is­sued and all so­cial wel­fare do­na­tions by the Na­tional Em­pow­er­ment Fund, Sassa and other en­ti­ties end up in the pri­vate pock­ets of politi­cians.

The EFF seeks to build state ca­pac­ity and ef­fi­ciency to grad­u­ally abol­ish ten­ders. The man­ner in which the gov­ern­ment is de­signed, with ab­so­lute re­liance on ex­ter­nal ser­vice providers, ex­poses it to en­demic cor­rup­tion.

The EFF has as one of its seven car­di­nal pil­lars, the need to build an open, ac­count­able, and cor­rup­tion-free gov­ern­ment and so­ci­ety. The in­clu­sion of this pil­lar is a fun­da­men­tal com­mit­ment and de­ter­mi­na­tion to fight against cor­rup­tion.

As gov­ern­ment, the EFF would strengthen all seg­ments of the state, in­clud­ing the pub­lic pro­tec­tor and the ju­di­ciary, to fight all man­i­fes­ta­tions of cor­rup­tion with­out fear of favour. Cor­rup­tion, wher­ever it man­i­fests it­self, should be com­bated, ex­posed and fought with ev­ery­thing at our dis­posal.

Cor­rup­tion stands in di­rect con­trast to the strug­gle for eco­nomic free­dom. Our com­mit­ment and de­ter­mi­na­tion is that none of those in­volved in the strug­gle for eco­nomic free­dom in our life­time will be con­victed of cor­rup­tion in any sec­tor of so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing when we are gov­ern­ment of South Africa.

We seek eco­nomic eman­ci­pa­tion of the whole peo­ple, not of in­di­vid­u­als at the ex­pense of the peo­ple.

Doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted to court state that the R100 000 do­nated by Mabe to ANCYL did not come from SASSA funds. But the money given to Shivambu did. ED

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