About your legacy, Mr Man­tashe

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - John Perry

DEAR Mr Man­tashe, at the Gaut­eng ANC con­fer­ence last week you claimed that it was point­less re­call­ing Ja­cob Zuma as this would not solve all the coun­try’s prob­lems.

Any or­di­nary South African will tell you that the great ma­jor­ity of our prob­lems would be re­moved along with Zuma. The never-end­ing scan­dals re­lated to his lead­er­ship are well-doc­u­mented.

The re­sult­ing dam­age to the econ­omy, to in­vest­ments, to job cre­ation, to up­lift­ing the poor, to loss of fund­ing for hous­ing, schools and hos­pi­tals, have been well doc­u­mented.

Hard ev­i­dence ex­ists of the Gup­tas’ cap­ture of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and state en­ti­ties and the re­sul­tant loss of bil­lions in cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties.

Who is aid­ing and abet­ting the Gup­tas, if not Zuma?

Who ap­pointed min­is­ters Des van Rooyen, Batha­bile Dlamini, Mosebenzi Zwane, Nomvula Mokonyane and other in­com­pe­tents in paras­tatals, if not Zuma?

Who au­tho­rised the land­ing of the Gup­tas’ plane at Waterk­loof and then pro­moted the fall guy Bruce Koloane to am­bas­sador, if not Zuma? Who vi­o­lated his oath of of­fice and who faces 783 crim­i­nal charges? Who has spent mil­lions of tax­pay­ers’ money to stay out of jail?

Whose five wives and 20-plus chil­dren are a drain on gov­ern­ment cof­fers? Whose son is as­sist­ing the Gup­tas to rape and pil­lage the coun­try?

Mr Man­tashe, are these not suf­fi­cient grounds to im­peach or re­call Zuma? You have stated more than once that the ANC deals in­ter­nally with its own prob­lems, so when on earth are you go­ing to have the balls to do what is right for South Africa?

I re­mind you of the ut­ter­ance of the Chief Jus­tice on the no-con­fi­dence is­sue: “Mem­bers are re­quired to swear or af­firm faith­ful­ness to the Repub­lic and obe­di­ence to the con­sti­tu­tion and laws. Nowhere does the supreme law pro­vide for them to swear al­le­giance to their po­lit­i­cal par­ties…”

So Mr Man­tashe, you and your NEC cronies, among them Jessie Duarte and Baleka Mbete, are guilty of con­tra­ven­ing this con­sti­tu­tional man­date by putting the ANC be­fore coun­try. History will judge you for aid­ing and abet­ting a crim­i­nal who was in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing the coun­try to its knees. Hart­beespoort

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