Cit­i­zens de­serve an­swers

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Vi­jay Surujpal

STATE cap­ture, just as with white monopoly cap­i­tal, has be­come a buzz­word when pol­i­tics is dis­cussed.

Con­cerned cit­i­zens un­der­stand the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of state cap­ture and its con­comi­tant neg­a­tive im­pli­ca­tions for our frag­ile econ­omy, which is es­ti­mated to grow at 0.6% in this fi­nan­cial year.

This is com­pounded by our down­graded sta­tus cou­pled with in­fla­tion which is im­pact­ing on all of us.

The Hawks should act on al­le­ga­tions of state cap­ture and com­mence in­ves­ti­ga­tions. As an in­de­pen­dent Chap­ter 9 in­sti­tu­tion they have an obli­ga­tion to give an­swers to the elec­torate.

The coun­try can­not rely on Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to es­tab­lish a com­mis­sion of in­quiry into state cap­ture as he is al­legedly highly con­flicted.

If the con­sti­tu­tion gives tacit pro­tec­tion to elected pub­lic ser­vants, then it’s a slip­pery slope we are ma­noeu­vring on.

Sihle Zikalala said Zuma is not a Gupta “lackey”, meaning they may have acted in the pres­i­dent’s name but with­out his knowl­edge and ap­proval.

How­ever the facts tell a dif­fer­ent story. He can­not es­cape cul­pa­bil­ity as he is a ac­tive en­abler of state cap­ture. It’s com­mon knowl­edge the Gup­tas can­not act alone.

The coun­try needs an­swers. Law en­force­ment agen­cies led by Po­lice Min­is­ter Fikile Mbalula should be or­dered to be­gin with in­ves­ti­ga­tions rather than wait for Zuma to ap­point a com­mis­sion of in­quiry.

All those im­pli­cated in emails need to come clean.

Our democ­racy is not up for grabs by agents of state cap­ture. Our coun­try has suf­fered im­mensely there­fore de­ci­sive ac­tion is re­quired im­me­di­ately. Phoenix, Dur­ban

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