Excision of Gupta-ANC boil can cure a sick society
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