Re­cap­ture army on the march

Broad al­liance to meet to­day to test anti-JZ wa­ters

The Times (South Africa) - - NEWS - NATASHA MARRIAN

THE first steps in build­ing a new “broad front” against state cap­ture will be taken at a con­fer­ence on the fu­ture of South Africa at the Rhema Church in Rand­burg to­day.

The con­fer­ence will be hosted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foun­da­tion and Save SA‚ and is set to in­clude about 400 del­e­gates from about 100 civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions.

It will also in­clude ANC vet­er­ans and MPs from po­lit­i­cal par­ties‚ in­clud­ing the ANC.

Con­fer­ence con­vener Mandla Nkomfe said the SA Com­mu­nist Party is also part of the process.

The meet­ing marks an at­tempt to “re­cap­ture the state”‚ Kathrada Foun­da­tion di­rec­tor Nee­shan Bolton told jour­nal­ists at a me­dia brief­ing yes­ter­day.

This comes in the wake of the Gupta e-mail scan­dal and as law en­force­ment agen­cies ap­pear paral­ysed to act on the rev­e­la­tions of the ex­tent of the In­dian fam­ily’s in­flu­ence over Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.

It also comes ahead of a sched­uled mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in Zuma‚ to be held on Au­gust 8.

Save SA’s Sipho Pityana said it was re­gret­table that MPs were forced to choose be­tween a leader and the peo­ple of the coun­try.

He said some MPs faced threats as they were per­ceived as hos­tile to­wards the pres­i­dent.

Out­spo­ken ANC MP Makhosi Khoza‚ who has said she will vote with her con­science come Au­gust 8‚ is set to ad­dress the con­fer­ence to­day.

The MPs at­tend­ing the gath­er­ing may pro­vide a glimpse into how they will vote in the mo­tion.

The con­fer­ence will also be used to show MPs that they should “do the right thing” and vote against Zuma on Au­gust 8.

“We be­lieve the Con­fer­ence for the Fu­ture of South Africa is an ini­tia­tive that all South Africans should take se­ri­ously — a land­mark in our na­tion’s strong his­tory of civic ac­tivism‚ the strug­gle against wrong­do­ing‚ and the quest for a more equal‚ more just and more hon­est so­ci­ety than the one we live in now‚” a con­fer­ence me­dia state­ment said.

Pityana said yes­ter­day t hat Zuma should face the full might of the law‚ in re­sponse to ques­tions about a pos­si­ble amnesty deal for the pres­i­dent re­ported over the week­end.

“I doubt our con­sti­tu­tion and le­gal frame­work would per­mit that . . . It will cre­ate the im­pres­sion of putting an in­di­vid­ual above the law . . . it sets a bad prece­dent if the pres­i­dent doesn’t face the law‚” Pityana said.

Or­gan­is­ers also said they did not have a par­tic­u­lar pref­er­ence when asked whether they would be backing any can­di­dates in the ANC’s suc­ces­sion race.

Bolton said the ANC’s fu­ture party lead­er­ship should in­clude men and women of in­tegrity.

‘ Quest for a more equal so­ci­ety than the one we live in now

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