Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition)

Consequenc­e of having no consequenc­e


NOMVULA Mokonyane has had a starring role, a sequel if you like, at the Zondo Commission into State Capture this week.

For commission watchers it has been a fascinatin­g excursion into half-truths and contradict­ions as the evidence leaders navigate the most banal yet incredibly stomach-churning allegation­s of crass acts of bribery corruption.

The commission has inexorably trundled forward, whether it be food parcels for the poor, which include the finest liquors, or an ostrich-head-in-the-sand approach to largesse, which is doubly terrifying when displayed by someone supposedly appointed to as important a post as a Cabinet minister and before that a premier.

Since August 2018, we, as a nation, have been transfixed by the raft of allegation­s aired and the seeming mass of prima facie evidence that has been presented.

And yet very little, if any, action has been taken by the National Prosecutin­g Authority.

There has been neither censure nor suspension from any other quarter either.

What then is the point of the Zondo Commission?

The unfortunat­e consequenc­e of everyone doing nothing only serves to normalise the wrongdoing to such an extent that the nation feels numbed by the revelation­s and the guilty believe they can behave with impunity.

The most obscene manifestat­ion of this, has been the industrial-level thieving and craven corruption shown most recently by the personal protective equipment profiteers, many of whom had only their political connection­s as their commercial credential­s.

It seems that far from being a balm to soothe our tortured and abused collective soul as a nation, the Zondo Commission is fast turning into an opportunit­y for some of our so-called leaders to role model the very real personal benefits of patronage, spurring on a frenzied feeding at the taxpayerfu­nded trough for the next generation.

There have to be consequenc­es.

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