Outa joins the clam­our for Zuma to go

Dossier de­tail­ing state cap­ture handed in

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI AND MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA

WITH just a day be­fore the ANC pol­icy con­fer­ence, the civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tion that de­railed the govern­ment’s im­ple­men­ta­tion of e-tolls is now push­ing for Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s re­moval.

The Or­gan­i­sa­tion Un­do­ing Tax Abuse (Outa) be­came the third or­gan­i­sa­tion to com­pile a dossier de­tail­ing claims of Zuma and his as­so­ciates be­ing in­volved in state cap­ture.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion wants the 175-page doc­u­ment to be filed in Par­lia­ment be­fore a mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence in Zuma is de­bated and voted on.

Yes­ter­day, Par­lia­ment re­fused to say what would hap­pen to the dossier handed to it.

Spokesper­son for Par­lia­ment, Moloto Mothapo, said Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Baleka Mbete would have to look at the doc­u­ment be­fore de­cid­ing on the next course of ac­tion.

He said is­sues raised by Outa in its doc­u­ment were cov­ered by mul­ti­ple in­ves­ti­ga­tions into state cap­ture.

The port­fo­lio com­mit­tees on trans­port, public en­ter­prises, min­eral re­sources and home af­fairs are in­ves­ti­gat­ing state cap­ture.

Mothapo said Mbete would de­cide soon on the mat­ter.

“What needs to be em­pha­sised here is that those are is­sues that Par­lia­ment is al­ready seized with,” he added.

Outa said it hoped its doc­u­ment would be tabled in the na­tional leg­is­la­ture be­fore law­mak­ers cast the bal­lot on the mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence against Zuma.

It de­scribed the doc­u­ment as be­ing aimed to “ex­pose the re­al­ity and ex­tent of Zuma’s con­duct and con­nec­tion to state cap­ture”.

“Our case is com­pelling, and shows there is no doubt about the truth of the claims of state cap­ture and pro­vides those in po­si­tions of author­ity with suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence for jus­ti­fy­ing the re­moval of Zuma as pres­i­dent of South Africa,” the or­gan­i­sa­tion said in a state­ment.

Yes­ter­day, Outa chair­per­son Wayne Du­ve­nage said the dossier, which took sev­eral months to com­pile, was pre­sented to the act­ing Sec­re­tary of Par­lia­ment, Baby Tyawa, at about mid­day.

“We want the MPs to be aware about its con­tents. We be­lieve it’s fair to em­power them so that they can make an in­formed de­ci­sion on how to vote,” Du­ve­nage said.

He also said they would en­sure that it was dis­trib­uted to chief whips of all par­ties rep­re­sented in Par­lia­ment as well as the mem­bers of the ANC’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC).

It would also be pre­sented to the Hawks, Min­is­ter of Po­lice Fik­ile Mbalula, the Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Author­ity and Public Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane.

Zuma’s spokesper­son, Bon­gani Ngqu­lunga, could not be im­me­di­ately reached for com­ment as his cell­phone went unan­swered.

The South African Coun­cil of Churches has also re­leased a re­port which warned that the coun­try was on the brink of be­com­ing a mafia state as a re­sult of state cap­ture.

The ap­point­ment of Min­eral Re­sources Min­is­ter Mosebenzi Zwane, the ap­point­ment and re­ten­tion of Faith Muthambi and the sack­ing of former fi­nance min­is­ters Nhlanhla Nene and Pravin Gord­han are al­lo­cated their own chap­ters in the dossier.

Zwane’s spokesper­son, Martin Mad­lala, and Gi­gaba’s spokesper­son, May­ihlome Tsh­wete, could not be reached for com­ment by the time of pub­li­ca­tion as their phones were off.

Outa con­tends that Zuma al­lowed him­self to be in­flu­enced in his ap­point­ment of min­is­ters, ap­pointed poorly qual­i­fied and in­com­pe­tent in­di­vid­u­als in de­ci­sion-mak­ing po­si­tions, and al­lowed cor­rupt in­di­vid­u­als to ben­e­fit from state cof­fers or failed to in­sti­tute ac­tion when he be­came aware of such con­duct.

Du­ve­nage said Outa be­lieved that sig­nif­i­cant and suf­fi­cient in­put had been pro­vided to war­rant the re­moval of Zuma through in­ves­tiga­tive me­dia re­ports and the Public Pro­tec­tor’s re­ports on Nkandla and state cap­ture.

“This doc­u­ment pro­vides a ba­sis for po­ten­tial re­moval from of­fice and pros­e­cu­tion of a num­ber of of­fi­cials in key state in­sti­tu­tions,” he said.

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