We pay for state-linked cor­rup­tion

Sowetan - - Opinion -

A re­cent ar­ti­cle by in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Kyle Cowan bares tes­ti­mony to the heart-rip­ping crim­i­nal­ity per­pe­trated by the Gupta-owned mines while the fam­ily was in con­trol. I am par­tic­u­larly driven mad by the as­ser­tion that in the two years the mines were un­der the con­trol of the blood-suck­ing fam­ily, Eskom was un­der-sup­plied by nearly four mil­lion tons of coal, while the Gup­tas were ex­port­ing four mil­lion tons at an av­er­age price of R800 to R1 000 a ton and net­ting around R3bn in prof­its! In light of all this crim­i­nal­ity and cyn­i­cism, we the in­no­cent peo­ple who al­ways pay for our ser­vices are ex­pected to have pa­tience with Eskom’s ir­ri­tat­ing mad­ness of load­shed­ding that goes on for hours on end! Given the re­al­ity of cli­mate change cur­rently be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced through swel­ter­ing con­di­tions, as well as an econ­omy that is bat­tered by cor­rup­tion, we buy those goods that can be re­frig­er­ated to last us long. And when the power is cut off, they be­come spoilt and we are forced to dis­card them! This forces us to seek re­lief from the lit­tle that we saved to re­place the rot­ten foods.

How long are we, the civil­ians, go­ing to be the vic­tims of ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity by the politi­cians? How long must we pay for the self­ish de­ci­sions of those we put in power? Can’t par­lia­ment, as a law­mak­ing body of the re­pub­lic, make laws that can make those who waste tax­pay­ers’ money per­son­ally re­spon­si­ble to pay them back or be jailed for a long time?

Why are those who were on Eskom’s board at the time, who did not make those Gupta-owned mines re­spect their con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions, not crim­i­nally charged?

Clearly, they did not only harm the lives of in­no­cent peo­ple, but as­saulted the very econ­omy of the coun­try.

Or is it be­cause those who must make such laws are the very same politi­cians who are dev­as­tat­ing the coun­try with their ill de­ci­sions?

John Mk­wanazi, by e-mail

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