State capture same as treason, says ANC vet
Capture SACC deputy delivers stinging rebuke to corrupt leaders
● State capture is treason.
This was the message from ANC veteran Frank Chikane, who was addressing the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council yesterday.
“I say capture of the state for personal gain, it’s not only corruption and fraud, but it is treason if you capture the state.
“You can only use state power to serve the people,” the clergyman said.
He said in the past 23 years of South Africa’s democracy, leaders had allowed the state to be captured to serve the interest of individuals.
President Jacob Zuma and several highranking government officials have been accused of being involved in state capture at the behest of the influential Gupta family.
Chikane said: “If you use state power to serve yourself then you have actually committed an act of treason. It’s like a coup.
“Secondly, capturing the state organs and entities, especially security entities, to serve your personal gain and benefit, it’s also not only corruption and fraud, but it’s only treason, because you can’t capture the intelligence services to use them to serve your own interests, or capture the police commissioner to serve your interests.
“I don’t want comrades to wake up one day and be charged for treason.”
He said the fact that there was state capture during apartheid did not make it acceptable now.
The veteran ANC leader, who served in former president Thabo Mbeki’s administration as director-general in the Presidency, said he was not opposed to radical economic transformation as long as it delivered on the promise to change lives and ensure the participation of black people.
“I am committed to it. We need radical change in the economy. But I don’t want a rotten corrupt person to tell me about radical economic transformation.
“I want to give notice to all these people involved in corrupt activities that as a country we’ll not allow this country to be captured by people with corrupt interests,” he said.
Chikane, who is senior vice-president of the SA Council of Churches, said he would help mobilise against South Africa’s corrupt leaders.
“We’re going to make sure that people are governed properly and there is no fraud and corruption.
“All of us, wherever we are, we’re there to defend the people of South Africa,” Chikane said.
SET TO MOBILISE Reverend Frank Chikane addresses the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council on Tuesday