When did Zuma change his mind on state cap­ture?

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Lindiwe Ge­bashe

IN PAR­LIA­MENT Cyril Ramaphosa said Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma sup­ports set­ting up a Com­mis­sion on State Cap­ture. I am sure MPs like Mondli Gun­gubele, Jack­son Mthembu, Makhosi Khoza, Charles Nqakula, Angie and Mathole Mot­shekga, Pravin Gord­han and oth­ers dif­fer with him.

Last year the pres­i­dent dis­missed the ex­is­tence of state cap­ture; when did he change his mind?

Ramaphosa said those who names are men­tioned in e-mails will have an op­por­tu­nity to clear their names – that means the pres­i­dent, Malusi Gi­gaba, Mosebenzi Zwane, Ayanda Dlodlo, Des van Rooyen, Fana Hlong­wane, Collen Maile, Ace Ma­gashule, Nor­bert Buthelezi, Bruce Koloane, Faith Muthambi, Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng and other ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

As ANC mem­bers, I am sure Pravin Gord­han, Mce­bisi Jonas, Themba Maseko, Bar­bara Ho­gan, Ngoako Ra­matl­hodi, Vytjie Men­tor, Jeff Maqe­tuka, Gib­son Njenje, Mo Shaik will take this op­por­tu­nity. But the first whis­tle-blower, Fik­ile Mbalula, will be on the side of Zuma rather than that of Gord­han. If Mbalula re­fuses to tes­tify, the com­mis­sion must sub­poena him.

State cap­ture is a po­lit­i­cal hot potato, it’s about our sovereignty and speaks to moral­ity and ethics. Ramaphosa must be re­minded that the broad­en­ing of state cap­ture in­ves­ti­ga­tion is wrong. Port Shep­stone

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