Floyd s man has his say
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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