Si­lence on graft

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

LAST week saw fur­ther de­vel­op­ments in what has be­come a dis­turb­ing chain of events in the tan­gled web of gov­ern­ment, state-owned en­ter­prises and the pub­lic ser­vice.

Sassa’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Thokozani Mag­waza re­signed and the Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion Depart­ment’s di­rec­tor-gen­eral was given no­tice of the in­ten­tion to sus­pend him. Al­le­ga­tions have emerged that dis­putes with the two of­fi­cials and their min­is­ters lie at the root of these ac­tions.

Then the sus­pended act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of the SABC James Aguma re­signed – with the pub­lic broad­caster drop­ping all charges against him.

Aguma was fac­ing 10 charges, namely breach­ing his con­tract, dis­hon­esty and frus­trat­ing the dis­ci­plinary hear­ings of axed SABC chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer, Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng.

The on-off pre­sen­ta­tion of Eskom’s an­nual fi­nan­cial re­sults brought us closer to the truth around al­le­ga­tions of state cap­ture of the util­ity with ad­mis­sions that Eskom paid out huge amounts to McKin­sey and Gupta-owned Tril­lian.

The si­lence on any crim­i­nal or civil ac­tion to re­coup the many mil­lions of rand which it is clear have been mis­ap­pro­pri­ated, is deaf­en­ing.

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