Zuma and his clique are traitors

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - OPINION -

It is not un­ex­pected but, nev­er­the­less, the state­ment by Pub­lic En­ter­prises Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han to the Deputy Chief Jus­tice Ray­mond Zondo’s Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into State Cap­ture is still shock­ing. In his state­ment – which was leaked to the me­dia this week, but the verac­ity of which has not been de­nied – Gord­han said that in the pe­riod be­tween 2009 and 2017, he was “an un­wit­ting mem­ber of an ex­ec­u­tive which was mis­led, lied to, ma­nip­u­lated and abused”.

Gord­han does not say so in so many words, but the lies to the ex­ec­u­tive could only have come from for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and the ca­bal around him.

Gord­han claimed the lies were in or­der to ben­e­fit a few fam­i­lies, re­lease the worst forms of reck­less­ness and cor­rup­tion, rob or­di­nary peo­ple of clin­ics and ed­u­ca­tion and to “abuse and dec­i­mate key in­sti­tu­tions of our democ­racy; in­clud­ing Sars, the Hawks, NPA, SOEs like Eskom, Denel, Transnet”.

As the com­mis­sion of in­quiry con­tin­ues its work, the mag­ni­tude of the or­gan­ised crim­i­nal con­spir­acy which is now known as state cap­ture still man­ages to take even the most cyn­i­cal South Africans by sur­prise.

There were so many ten­ta­cles of cor­rup­tion bur­row­ing deep into state or­gan­i­sa­tions – aided and abet­ted by will­ing fel­low trav­ellers from the pri­vate sec­tor – that it is dif­fi­cult to imag­ine any sec­tor touched by gov­ern­ment where it was not present.

But, it is Gord­han’s com­ments – ob­vi­ously with hind­sight – about peo­ple be­ing robbed of ba­sics like clin­ics and ed­u­ca­tion – which should give peo­ple pause for thought.

At­tacks on the peo­ple are at­tacks on the very fab­ric of so­ci­ety – and on the state it­self.

This is more than mere theft. It is tan­ta­mount to trea­son or, at the very least, eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial ter­ror­ism against the state.

Zuma and his clique are traitors.

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