Deputy speaker among thou­sands protest­ing state cap­ture

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

CAPE TOWN - Deputy Na­tional Assem­bly Speaker Lech­esa Tsenoli’s pres­ence loomed large dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s na­tion­wide marches against state cap­ture, as the se­nior al­liance leader vowed that he could no longer re­main silent on the mat­ter.

Par­lia­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions of state cap­ture against the controversial Gupta fam­ily, who have been ac­cused of us­ing their friend­ship with Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to loot the state cof­fers.

Thou­sands of work­ers aligned to COSATU on Wed­nes­day took the fight against state cap­ture to the streets, where they also showed they wanted Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to re­place Zuma.

The protest also be­came a plat­form to once again in­ten­sify calls made by COSATU and the SACP for Zuma to step down as Pres­i­dent.

Tsenoli, who marched in Nel­spruit, Mpumalanga, said his par­tic­i­pa­tion would not af­fect the in­ves­ti­ga­tions of Par­lia­ment into state cap­ture.

“I am not part of those com­mit­tees who in­ves­ti­gate state cap­ture and I do not par­tic­i­pate in their in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” he said.

Tsenoli, a cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­ber of the SACP, said his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the march was to deal with the in­ap­pro­pri­ate­ness of state cap­ture. “I am a mem­ber of the SACP and the ANC and can­not re­main silent on th­ese mat­ters,” he said.

SACP boss Blade Nzimande urged all pub­lic sec­tor unions to set aside their dif­fer­ences and fo­cus on stop­ping “par­a­sites” from steal­ing their pen­sion funds.

Nzimande, who is also the min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, made the call to labour unions de­spite Fi­nance Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba’s as­sur­ances that gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees’ pen­sion funds were safe

He said the call for the ANC to “self cor­rect” was just like a mi­rage, say­ing “it would never hap­pen”.

De­spite some an­tic­i­pat­ing loot­ing and may­hem in Cape Town’s CBD, the march went off without in­ci­dent on Wed­nes­day.

Cape Times

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