Dream of a bet­ter fu­ture in shreds

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Mitch Laun­spach

IT’S hard to be­lieve, but 20 years af­ter the birth of true democ­racy, two fam­i­lies, one local and an­other re­cently ar­rived from In­dia, have left the dream of a more in­clu­sive fu­ture in tat­ters.

Colo­nial­ism, white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal and rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion are the phrases de jour of the po­lit­i­cal left wing, but I doubt that they ap­pre­ci­ate the irony.

Once again South Africa has been colonised, this time by In­dian mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal­ism, and the rapid eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion is well un­der way, al­beit for a se­lect mi­nor­ity.

The Zuma fam­ily and the Gupta fam­ily have both en­joyed the fruits of the Gupta’s rapid eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion, to the detri­ment of the coun­try.

The syn­di­cates which they have set up chan­nel public funds to com­pa­nies like Tegeta and Tril­lian, and the prox­ies that they have in­stalled in many gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and in paras­tatals like Eskom, are milk­ing state in­sti­tu­tions into bank­ruptcy.

Clearly, Zuma has enough sup­port from those who lack ei­ther the courage or con­science to op­pose him.

How deep does the rot go?

With this much ev­i­dence of malfea­sance, only those who have sold their souls to the devil would vote to re­tain Zuma in his cur­rent po­si­tion.

Those who are com­mit­ted to good gov­er­nance and trans­parency have only one other choice – ig­nore Zuma and fo­cus on the prox­ies.

Zuma’s son Duduzane Zuma, cab­i­net min­is­ters Mosebenzi Zwane, Des van Rooyen, Faith Muthambi, and se­rial SOE (state owned en­ti­ties) sub­vert­ers Brian Molefe and Ben Ngubane, should all be charged with col­lu­sion and con­spir­acy to com­mit fraud.

The emails leaked from within the Gup­tas’ em­pire, with the find­ings of the public pro­tec­tor’s “State of Cap­ture” re­port are enough of a smok­ing gun to force the NPA to take ac­tion.

If not, then op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties and con­cerned civic or­gan­i­sa­tions should force the is­sue.

Noth­ing fo­cuses the mind like the threat of jail-time, which will hope­fully, re­sult in many look­ing for plea bargains.

Ei­ther way, Zuma goes.

Ig­nore Zuma and fo­cus on the prox­ies

No­ord­heuwel, Mo­gale City

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