Former min­is­ters refuse to be si­lenced

Hanekom,Jonas tell youth at rally to stand up against state cap­ture and cor­rup­tion

The Sunday Independent - - POLITICS -

EM­BAT­TLED for mer tourism min­is­ter Derek Hanekom has lashed out at those im­pli­cated in state cap­ture. Hanekom, who is un­der fire from the ANC for his tweets in the buildup to the no-con­fi­dence mo­tion against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma in Par­lia­ment re­cently, said he won’t be “in­tim­i­dated by threats and let­ters” from speak­ing out about wrong­do­ings in the rul­ing party.

ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe re­cently wrote to Hanekom, say­ing he should mo­ti­vate why he shouldn’t be re­moved as chair­per­son of the ANC’s na­tional dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

Yes­ter­day Hanekom, who is sus­pected to have voted with the op­po­si­tion for Zuma’s re­moval, would not dis­cuss the mat­ter, save to say that he would be re­spond­ing to Man­tashe’s let­ter.

Hanekom was speak­ing dur­ing a youth themed event on state cap­ture or­gan­ised by the Ahmed Kathrada Foun­da­tion, among oth­ers in the south of Jo­han­nes­burg.

He slammed those im­pli­cated in grand-scale cor­rup­tion and state cap­ture.

“If you’re not rep­re­sent­ing the in­ter­ests of the poor­est of the poor and the marginalised young peo­ple, then you don’t de­serve to be in a po­si­tion of power and have the ti­tle of be­ing a po­lit­i­cal leader,” he said.

He said the R100 bil­lion lost to state cap­ture could have built 1 mil­lion low-cost houses for the poor.

Hanekom said there was a need for a “lead­er­ship change” that would ad­dress the chal­lenges dog­ging the coun­try.

“We are in re­ces­sion, it’s a very se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion that we find our­selves in.

“We be­lieve mil­lions of South Africans are hor­ri­fied and deeply op­posed to what’s hap­pen­ing in our coun­try. “We have to col­lec­tively say ‘no’.” Also speak­ing at the same event, former deputy fi­nance min­is­ter Mce­bisi Jonas said for the past 10 years the govern­ment had not been able to grow the coun­try’s econ­omy, which is Africa’s largest and most in­dus­tri­alised.

He called for a strong and cred­i­ble state “to play the role that it’s sup­posed to play in the econ­omy… and the de­bate about state cap­ture be­comes very im­por­tant”.

Jonas told his mainly young au­di­ence that a state with cred­i­ble lead­er­ship in­spired con­fi­dence across so­ci­ety.

“It has to con­vince the dif­fer­ent sec­tors of so­ci­ety (but) we have seen over the years the ero­sion of cred­i­bil­ity within the state.”

He lashed out at the “po­lit­i­cal pro­ject” which sought to un­der­mine and weaken state in­sti­tu­tions and en­sure that key de­ci­sions within govern­ment “are driven from out­side the state (with the aim to) build what many peo­ple call a shadow state”.

“In or­der to do that… you have to en­sure that in key po­si­tions within the state, you have lead­ers that are pli­ant… We have seen that hap­pen­ing over and over again.”

State cap­ture, said Jonas, “is a for­mula for the eco­nomic ruin of this coun­try. If we let it con­tinue, his­tory will judge us harshly”.

Zuma’s per­sonal friends, the Gup­tas, are ac­cused of cap­tur­ing key state in­sti­tu­tions and of hav­ing un­due in­flu­ence in the ap­point­ment of top cab­i­net min­is­ters.

A trove of e-mails dubbed the #Gup­taLeaks have laid bare se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion against the im­mi­grant In­dian fam­ily.

Jonas said the coun­try needed a strong lead­er­ship who would grow and trans­form the econ­omy.

“You can­not man­age the econ­omy with slo­gans.

“Those who as­pire to be pres­i­dents in this coun­try go around shout­ing slo­gans,” he said, urg­ing peo­ple to “think be­yond the ANC”.

Former AU Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, who wants to suc­ceed Zuma (her ex-hus­band) when he steps down as ANC leader in December, has cen­tred her cam­paign on the rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion phe­nom­e­non.

Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, who also wants the top job, has been cam­paign­ing around root­ing out cor­rup­tion and grow­ing the econ­omy. @luy­olomken­tane

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