Anti-state cap­ture forces to adopt ac­tion plan to save SA’s fu­ture

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - KHAYA KOKO @khayakoko88

“ANTI-state cap­ture” forces have vowed that their civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions’ con­fer­ence to­day will not be an­other talk shop.

The group were to meet in Joburg to voice their dis­ap­proval of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s con­tin­ued stay as leader of the coun­try.

The Con­fer­ence for the Fu­ture of South Africa (Co­fusa), or­gan­ised by the Ahmed Kathrada Foun­da­tion and Save South Africa, will bring to­gether close to 400 del­e­gates from over 90 civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions in or­der to build a “new broad front against state cap­ture”.

Co­fusa con­vener Mandla Nkomfe was adamant at a brief­ing yes­ter­day that the con­fer­ence will adopt an ac­tion plan in or­der to deal with what he called the coun­try’s im­me­di­ate cri­sis of the “bil­lions of rand” which he said had been stolen with the aid of Zuma’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

This, he added, would al­low civil so­ci­ety to con­tinue play­ing a crit­i­cal role in the coun­try’s fu­ture.

“We should no­tice the resur­gence of civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions and ac­tions,” Nkomfe em­pha­sised, al­lud­ing to what he deemed was the good work done by the Black Sash dur­ing the so­cial grants scan­dal ear­lier this year.

“I think what is hap­pen­ing here (with Co­fusa) is more of a co-or­di­nated ef­fort to check (which or­gan­i­sa­tion) is do­ing what; and push­ing back to make sure there is so­cial jus­tice for our so­ci­ety.”

Con­fer­ence del­e­gates, ac­cord­ing to Save SA con­vener Sipho Pityana, will also need to adopt strate­gies on how they can per­suade ANC mem­bers of Par­lia­ment to vote against Zuma when the mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence vote is held in the Na­tional Assem­bly early next month.

Last month, the Con­sti­tu­tional Court ruled that Speaker Baleka Mbete had pow­ers to or­der the no-con­fi­dence vote to be done via se­cret bal­lot – and Pityana said they would put pres­sure on the Speaker to or­der a se­cret bal­lot as there would not be “free and fair vot­ing in Par­lia­ment without a se­cret bal­lot”.

ANC par­lia­men­tary chief whip Jackson Mthembu has is­sued a stern warn­ing to his party’s MPs not to vote for the mo­tion brought by the op­po­si­tion, warn­ing there would be con­se­quences for MPs who de­fied the party.

How­ever, Pityana had a dif­fer­ent view.

“A po­si­tion against Ja­cob Zuma is not a po­si­tion against the ANC. Pres­i­dent Zuma rep­re­sents a fun­da­men­tal and a most pro­found be­trayal of the most im­por­tant val­ues of the ANC,” he con­tended.

“He (Zuma) has sold the coun­try out; he has be­trayed many of us.”

Pityana did, how­ever, ac­knowl­edge the “pre­car­i­ous” po­si­tion ANC leg­is­la­tors were in due to the no-con­fi­dence mo­tion, say­ing MPs such as the out­spo­ken Makhosi Khoza had re­ceived death threats for go­ing against her cau­cus’ in­struc­tion to vote with the party.

“It is a tough po­si­tion to be in, as a mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, and we are not in­dif­fer­ent to their cir­cum­stances. But we want to work with them; we want to en­gage them and that’s what we are talk­ing about.”

The ANC cau­cus slammed Khoza’s views ear­lier this month, ac­cus­ing her of go­ing on a “pub­lic­ity spree”.

Khoza has seem­ingly de­fied the cau­cus’s views, as she was ex­pected to ad­dress the con­fer­ence to­day.

He has sold the coun­try out; he has be­trayed us

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