Public getting frustrated
The woes blighting SA are for the greater part a consequence of state capture. Business and private social morality are at rock bottom and have been role-modelled by a venal political leadership. The public is rightly getting irritated and frustrated at the absence of any high-level arrests.
Instead, we hear of financial settlements for crooks, extended disciplinary hearings and neverending suspensions on full pay. Lightweight presiding officers are led by the nose by miscreants and their lawyers and are so petrified of procedure that substance takes a back seat, as evidenced by the incomprehensible postponement of the Tom Moyane misconduct hearing on the weak grounds that the accused employee has contrived a Constitutional Court challenge.
These crimes were committed through deceit and a reckless indifference for consequences by people paid and trusted to further the interests of those who elected them. They are consistent with the elements of treason, which is “violating, threatening or endangering the existence, independence or security of the Republic”.
The ANC wanted a “Lula moment” and it deserves no less — its corrupt office-bearers in prison and its party crushed at the polls.
Sydney Kaye Cape Town