State cap­ture same as trea­son, says ANC vet

Cap­ture SACC deputy de­liv­ers sting­ing re­buke to cor­rupt lead­ers

The Times (South Africa) - - News - By BONGANI MTHETHWA

● 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.

Pic­ture: Thuli Dlamini

SET TO MO­BILISE Rev­erend Frank Chikane ad­dresses the KwaZulu-Natal Chris­tian Coun­cil on Tues­day

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