Gupta par­a­sitic threat – Nx­esi

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JONISAYI MAROMO

THE GREAT­EST im­me­di­ate threat to the gains of South Africa’s na­tional demo­cratic rev­o­lu­tion was posed by the “Gupta par­a­sitic- pa­tron­age net­work”, South African Com­mu­nist Party (SACP) deputy na­tional chair­per­son Thu­las Nx­esi said yes­ter­day.

“Our strate­gic en­emy in the strug­gle for trans­for­ma­tion and so­cial­ism has al­ways been, and re­mains, mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal re­gard­less of any racial man­i­fes­ta­tion. Whether that mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal is green, white, yel­low, or what­ever.

“But the great­est im­me­di­ate threat to the gains of the na­tional demo­cratic rev­o­lu­tion comes from this Gupta par­a­sitic pa­tron­age net­work,” Nx­esi said, ad­dress­ing the Na­tional Union of Minework­ers’ cen­tral com­mit­tee meet­ing in Pretoria.

Nx­esi said the SACP had iden­ti­fied par­tic­u­lar in­ter-re­lated fea­tures of the Gupta pa­tron­age net­work. “The ac­cel­er­ated rent-seek­ing based on state cap­ture – with key state cor­po­ra­tions, among them Eskom, Transnet, SAA and Denel and their bil­lions of rand be­ing the prin­ci­pal tar­get.

“The very lucky (Gupta) fam­ily has en­tered all these paras­tatals and is tak­ing bil­lions. Then we’re told there’s no prob­lem,” said Nx­esi.

“The emer­gence of a par­al­lel shadow state, what some have de­scribed as a silent coup. It is what the SA Coun­cil of Churches calls a Mafia state – with key pol­icy and de­ploy­ment de­ci­sions be­ing taken out­side the con­sti­tu­tional struc­tures of gov­ern­ment and of the ANC gov­ern­ing party.”

Nx­esi fur­ther be­moaned the “grow­ing au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism and in­cli­na­tions to pres­i­den­tial “dik­tat” and a grow­ing in­tim­i­da­tion di­rected at those who dared raise con­cerns.

“The il­le­gal role of a paramil­i­tary force linked to el­e­ments within the MK Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion is one such in­stance, with phys­i­cal threats against our sec­ond deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary, Solly Ma­paila. These pat­terns are re­peated, of­ten more vi­o­lently at the grass­roots level, with a surge of po­lit­i­cal as­sas­si­na­tions in KwaZulu-Natal. Make no mis­take, com­rades, this is go­ing to be a tough bat­tle,” said Nx­esi.

Nx­esi said in the wake of grow­ing pub­lic ex­po­sure of on­go­ing al­leged mis­deeds, “the par­a­sitic pa­tron­age fac­tion” had also upped the ante in cre­at­ing their di­ver­sion­ary pop­ulist plat­forms. – ANA

Thu­las Nx­esi

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