Cor­rup­tion, state cap­ture are se­ri­ous stum­bling blocks to eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT - David Makhura,

GAUT­ENG Premier David Makhura yes­ter­day said that cor­rup­tion and state cap­ture were two of the most se­ri­ous stum­bling blocks to achiev­ing rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion in South Africa.

Makhura was speak­ing at the SACP’s 14th Na­tional Con­gress where del­e­gates nom­i­nate new lead­er­ship for the next five-year term, and also de­cide whether to con­test elec­tions for the first time as a stand-alone party, and not as part of the rul­ing ANC al­liance.

“The SACP has been out­spo­ken against cor­po­rate state cap­ture and these mat­ters of cor­rup­tion. The party has given the nec­es­sary lead­er­ship in mo­bil­is­ing var­i­ous so­cial forces and ci­ti­zens in defence of the in­tegrity of our na­tional de­vel­op­men­tal state and the con­sti­tu­tion upon which our new repub­lic is founded.”

“There is no way we as pro­gres­sive peo­ple be­long­ing to a con­gress move­ment can al­low a con­cen­tra­tion and mo­nop­o­li­sa­tion of our coun­try’s na­tional re­sources to be con­trolled by a few, whether those few are black or white,” he said.

Tol­er­ant to crooks

Makhura told del­e­gates that the rul­ing party ac­knowl­edged dur­ing its ANC na­tional pol­icy con­fer­ence last week that they were los­ing moral author­ity as a re­sult of be­ing tol­er­ant to crooks in its ranks.

“The move­ment must be pre­pared to en­dure in­sults, in­tim­i­da­tion as well as all kinds of threats, be­cause those who want cor­rup­tion to rise and state cap­ture to thrive are go­ing to fight back, fight back hard. We must be pre­pared to en­dure and fight un­til there is a move­ment of lib­er­a­tion in our coun­try.”

The week-long SACP Na­tional Con­gress will dis­cuss state cap­ture and the frag­ile state of the ANC-led tri­par­tite al­liance and how it can be re­con­fig­ured. To­gether with the other ANC al­liance part­ner Cosatu the SACP has banned Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma from at­tend­ing its meet­ings.

The SACP chair­per­son, Sen­zeni Zok­wana, has come out very strongly against the Gupta fam­ily, crit­i­cis­ing its al­leged med­dling in mat­ters of the rul­ing ANC, say­ing this has weak­ened the party’s al­liance part­ner.

This comes as news of “state cap­ture” by the con­tro­ver­sial Gupta fam­ily, through its in­flu­ence in govern­ment and state-owned en­ter­prises, are con­tin­u­ously re­vealed in e-mails leaked to the me­dia. “We can­not al­low the coun­try to be in­flu­enced by one fam­ily. If they are busi­ness peo­ple, they must be­have as such and stop drag­ging the ANC through the mud,” Zok­wana said.

“The Gup­tas tried to in­flu­ence lead­er­ship out­comes at NUM (Na­tional union of Minework­ers) since 2012, dish­ing out cash, but they failed. They must leave the ANC alone.”

Zok­wana said the SACP was meet­ing at a time when there was a cloud hang­ing over the ANC and where its abil­ity to win the elec­tions in 2019 was be­ing ques­tioned. – ANA

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