Ma­sondo in­tegrity de­ci­sion is puz­zling

Cape Argus - - OPINION - NZAMA MADZENGA Madzenga is a po­lit­i­cal commentato­r and chair­man of Nd­havuko Makom­baNdlela

THE ANC’s in­tegrity com­mit­tee has no in­tegrity at all, but is a fac­tional tool used to set­tle po­lit­i­cal scores.

Com­mit­tee chair­per­son Tintswalo Ge­orge Mashamba, a Robben Is­lan­der, should know bet­ter as he him­self suf­fered po­lit­i­cal mis­car­riage for decades that pre­vented him from flour­ish­ing.

As a com­mu­nist who should be sym­pa­thetic to David Ma­sondo’s po­lit­i­cal views and un­der­stand­ing, both are cut from the same po­lit­i­cal cloth. It is shock­ing, how­ever, that the com­mis­sion headed by a com­mu­nist ap­pears to have elected to un­fairly per­se­cute Ma­sondo.

This is as the com­mit­tee has urged Ma­sondo “to do the right thing and step down on the ba­sis that he has brought the party into dis­re­pute” af­ter it (the com­mit­tee) found that he (Ma­sondo) abused state re­sources to re­solve a do­mes­tic dis­pute.

The tim­ing of the re­port by the In­tegrity Com­mit­tee is sus­pi­cious and, quite frankly, puz­zling.

What mes­sage is the com­mit­tee driv­ing by in­sin­u­at­ing that his re­port­ing of the extortion, ha­rass­ment and defama­tion was some­how il­le­gal?

I do not un­der­stand what in­formed the com­mis­sion to have such bizarre and an awk­ward view on extortion as a crime of less sig­nif­i­cance.

I guess it’s the rea­son that the fac­tion in the com­mit­tee deemed it fit to sus­pend the Lim­popo PEC mem­bers for merely be­ing men­tioned in a re­port, and ig­nored a PEC mem­ber from KwaZulu-Na­tal who was ar­rested by the Hawks for cor­rup­tion.

There is no con­sis­tency in the ANC

IC as its de­ci­sions are sim­ply swayed ma­te­rial con­di­tions and the brouhaha in the me­dia, not facts.

The IC mem­bers’ un­for­tu­nate be­hav­iour is shock­ing in that the chair told Ma­sondo there was no mat­ter but in ur­gency, they re­leased a re­port just af­ter the con­cern about the IMF loan and the loot­ing re­lat­ing to PPEs.

It is com­mon knowl­edge that Deputy Min­is­ter David Ma­sondo ad­vanced an ideal that sup­ported quan­ti­ta­tive eas­ing in deal­ing with our cur­rent state.

Ma­sondo has on many plat­forms con­tra­dicted the po­si­tion of some peo­ple but is stand­ing firm with the ANC po­si­tion on na­tion­al­i­sa­tion. It has made him un­pop­u­lar to a cer­tain ex­tent with some peo­ple.

I read with in­ter­est the IC re­port and I’m fail­ing to draw the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ma­sondo and the cur­ricu­lum of the OR Tambo school of lead­er­ship.

What I have learnt from that re­port is that men are dis­cour­aged from re­port­ing crimes com­mit­ted against them. It is that pro­fes­sional le­gal ad­vice is mean­ing­less.

It is that a man should let peo­ple abuse and harass his fam­ily be­cause he will be deemed to be abus­ing state power when re­port­ing such is­sues to the po­lice.

Deputy Min­is­ter David Ma­sondo is a cit­i­zen and he can re­port crime any­where; it’s up to that law en­force­ment agency to trans­fer the mat­ter to the rel­e­vant de­part­ment.

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