This is land of syrupy hand­shakes for ex paras­tatal helms­men

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Kevin Goven­der

THE ax­ing of Brian Molefe is an­other id­i­otic faux pas in the pan­tomime of jokes!

This is a uniquely South African trait and Malusi Gi­gaba has the guts to say that gov­ern­ment will find an­other po­si­tion for him. The ANC made him an MP when he left Eskom in Novem­ber.

For some time, poor per­form­ing min­is­ters and se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, of­ten relics who are ready for pas­ture and have passed their sell-by dates, are re-pack­aged with new ex­piry dates and of­fered am­bas­sado­rial posts in for­eign lands where they can host em­bassy par­ties, drape them­selves in lib­er­a­tion scarves and hoist the South African flag.

They say this coun­try is the promised land of milk and honey, but it is also the land of sugar-coated and golden, syrupy hand­shakes for former helms­men at paras­tatals.

Cole­man An­drews walked away with R232 mil­lion after just two years at SAA. Dali Mpofu got a R7m boost when he was asked to leave SABC and now a R30m pay­out is on the cards for Molefe.

Also po­lit­i­cal pil­fer­ers con­tinue to loot the gov­ern­ment kitty of mil­lions through bribery-in­fused kick­backs, bak­sheesh and cor­rupt deals.

A Chi­nese court jailed for life a former gov­er­nor of Guang­dong prov­ince after he was found guilty of cor­rup­tion, bribery and abuse of power. Liu Zhi­geng took 98m yuan (R183.3m) of bribes be­tween 1993 and 2012.

There are many like Zhi­geng here, who have their fin­gers in the honey jar. All the self-help rich schemes con­tinue to flour­ish against the back­drop of a pres­i­dent who is fight­ing for po­lit­i­cal sur­vival.

To­gether with the pres­i­dent and his son Duduzane, the Gupta broth­ers, Ajay, Atul and Tony are the nexus of the state cap­ture scan­dal which has been loom­ing for months.

Sen­sa­tional rev­e­la­tions of im­pli­cat­ing e-mails with far-reach­ing con­se­quences have come forth with a pun­gent waft from the spicy bouil­l­abaisse the re­spon­dents have stewed for so long.

As the heat gets turned on, it gets spicier, head­ing for a mouth-wa­ter­ing end.

Word around the fire is about the Gup­tas’ fund­ing Duduzane’s wed­ding and seek­ing a sec­ond res­i­dency for Zuma in Dubai.

Dubai seems to be a favourite in­ter­na­tional ren­dezvous for the deep-pock­eted broth­ers be­cause that’s where cabi­net min­is­ters, Des van Rooyen and Mosebenzi Zwane were driv­ing around in flashy cars and liv­ing in pent­house suites in trendy ho­tels.

They say too many cooks spoil the broth and some of the many names that will sim­mer will in­clude Molefe, Gi­gaba, Ron­ica Ra­ga­van , Ashu Chawla, Nazeem Howa, Van Rooyen, Zwane, Collen Maine and Faith Muthambi, to name but a few. Shall­cross, Dur­ban

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