Zuma should be ar­rested

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Mekoa Sereme

JA­COB Zuma’s in­flu­ence ped­dling is laid bare for all to see, it’s an open af­fair be­cause it’s out there in our faces, whether we like it or not.

Cap­tured gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials are tow­ing the line be­cause if they don’t, they’ll end up be­ing dis­missed like Pravin Gord­han, Mce­bisi Jonas, Derek Hanekom, Ngoako Ra­matl­hodi and oth­ers.

Zuma’s strat­egy is to use his im­me­di­ate and ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers, to­gether with his cor­rupt cronies, to loot our state cof­fers with im­punity. That’s why peo­ple oc­cu­py­ing key paras­tatals and gov­ern­ment po­si­tions were strate­gi­cally cap­tured by the Gup­tas.

This is con­flict of in­ter­est be­cause he’s a politi­cian, es­pe­cially be­ing the coun­try’s pres­i­dent do­ing busi­ness with the state.

ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe is us­ing the same strat­egy, by fronting with his wife as a proxy to get ten­ders at state-owned en­ter­prises.

The agenda and the menu on the ta­ble is noth­ing else but an ac­cel­er­ated loot­ing spree called “rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion”.

The com­pa­nies do­ing busi­ness with the state are spe­cial-pur­pose ve­hi­cles used for em­bez­zle­ment, money laun­der­ing, tax eva­sion, fraud, theft, rack­e­teer­ing, fa­cil­i­tat­ing offshore money trans­fers and loot­ing our state-owned com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ment’s (national, pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal) cof­fers with im­punity.

The Hawks were sup­posed to have in­ves­ti­gated all the al­le­ga­tions and ul­ti­mately ar­rested Zuma, be­fore the leaked Gup­tas’ elec­tronic mails.

This is cor­rup­tion ac­cord­ing to the Pre­ven­tion and Com­bat­ing of Cor­rupt Ac­tiv­i­ties Act. This means that the National Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity should have ar­rested him, for­mu­lated charges against him and pros­e­cuted him a long time ago for in­flu­ence ped­dling and abuse of his en­trusted power. Se­bo­keng

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