Ex­ci­sion of Gupta-ANC boil can cure a sick so­ci­ety

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL - Michael Hugh Ling­wood

IN AN ar­ti­cle ti­tled “Mkhwe­bane carves out her own iden­tity” (The Star, Tues­day, Au­gust 1), ANCWL sec­re­tary-gen­eral Meokgo Matuba states that Thuli Madon­sela’s re­port on state cap­ture “should not take prece­dence over many oth­ers that deal with mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion in­volv­ing or­di­nary cit­i­zens.”

The ANCWL sec­re­tary-gen­eral is sug­gest­ing that any cam­paign by the pub­lic pro­tec­tor aimed at in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of state cap­ture, with the in­ten­tion of coun­ter­act­ing or pre­vent­ing its harm­ful ef­fects on you and me, will be less pro­duc­tive than cam­paigns to coun­ter­act or pre­vent mal­ad­min­is­tra­tion (read “cor­rup­tion”) in­volv­ing harm to you and me.

I dis­agree with the sec­re­tary-gen­eral, and for the fol­low­ing rea­sons: leaked e-mails prove that bil­lions, even tril­lions of rand have been em­bez­zled (and hence stolen) from South African in­sti­tu­tions by the Gupta fam­ily with the con­nivance of top ANC of­fi­cials.

With this proof in mind, I have con­cluded that the new pub­lic pro­tec­tor should have two pri­or­i­ties: pri­or­ity a) close the money con­duits (drains) and pri­or­ity b) get back the stolen money.

Pri­or­ity a) can be achieved by ar­rest­ing the guilty Gup­tas with their ANC col­lud­ers, and by freez­ing their lo­cal and over­seas bank ac­counts and safety de­posits.

In­ter­pol could as­sist us in achiev­ing this.

Pri­or­ity b) can be achieved by stip­u­lat­ing that re­lease from prison on bail will be con­di­tional on the bail equalling the sums em­bez­zled.

Achieve­ment of pri­or­ity a) will pro­vide im­me­di­ate fi­nance for bet­ter­ing the plight of the poor. Th­ese un­happy mil­lions have the Gup­tas to blame for their mis­ery.

The Gup­tas and their ANC friends are the equiv­a­lent of a huge boil se­cret­ing poi­sons into a body. The ANCWL sec­re­tary-gen­eral be­lieves that treat­ing the in­fected ar­eas of a poi­soned body will cure the dis­ease; I be­lieve the ex­ci­sion of the Gupta-ANC boil can make a cure pos­si­ble.

If a so­ci­ety is sick due to the per­ma­nent pres­ence of an in­fect­ing agency, the ac­tion re­quired to pro­tect so­ci­ety from the rav­ages of the dis­ease is the same: the agency caus­ing the sick­ness must be at­tacked with the aim of elim­i­nat­ing it or ren­der­ing it in­nocu­ous.

Achieve­ment of pri­or­ity b) will pro­vide fi­nance to pro­mote, far into the fu­ture, the up­lift­ment of the un­der­priv­i­leged. If we know what must be done, then why don’t we do it?

Un­happy mil­lions have Gup­tas to blame

Jeppestown

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