Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has laid upon Zuma’s shoulder, the responsibility of taking South Africa out of the state of paralysis it finds itself.
The public advocate who seem concerned at the deteriorated state of the nation’s politics which now directly affects the economy, was reacting to the swearing in of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe whom her state capture report implicated as on of the corrupt individuals linked to the controversial Gupta family.
Biran Molefe was last month, sworn in as one of the members of the ruling African national Congress after he reportedly left the board of the Industrial Development Corporation.
His swearing in came after he was nominated by the North West after a short controversy with branch leaders in Hartbeespoort differing on whether he is a member or not.
Prior to Madonsela’s end of her seven-year-term in office, she mentioned the former Eskom boss in her State Capture report saying he had paid 19 visits to the Gupta brothers at their Saxonwold residence and had regularly communicated with them.
Giving a diagram showing “a distinct line of communication between Mr. Molefe of Eskom‚ the Gupta family and directors of their companies in the form of (Oakbay financial director) Ms (Ronica) Ragavan and (Oakbay chief executive) Mr (Nazeem) Howa”, the former public Protector said Molefe and Ajay Gupta called each other 58 times from August last year to March the following year.
This was at the time of a coal deal between Eskom and Tegeta, which is owned by Zuma’s son, Duduzane, and the Guptas.
Madonsela who is now living abroad, had in her words, implied that ANC’s appointment of Molefe was not ideal as his name is yet to be cleared by appropriate bodies.
“I cannot dictate to any political party regarding whom it deploys to parliament,” Madonsela said.
“In an ideal world, where ethics are central as envisaged in section 195 of the constitution, an elevation to a new office should only take place after a person’s name has been cleared by an appropriate body.”
In the report, Madonsela stipulated that Zuma must appoint, within 30 days, a commission of inquiry to investigate state capture and that it must be headed by a judge selected by the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. But Zuma’s decision to take the report on review had affected all parties involved. She said…
“Unfortunately, there is already a four-month delay in the process while the integrity of affected parties, including whistle-blowers and accused persons, remains under a cloud. Only the president can take South Africa out of this paralysis.”
Further in her speech, the advocate said the news at home often suggests a ship in peril which only the president can fix.
“It is my considered view that change comes from ructions or disruptions. Our country has solid democracy and rule of law foundations and a great resilient nation with a strong sense of what it wants to become. Because of this, SA’s democracy project is safe and sound.”
She further noted that she believes that the nation will rise to its full potential and in the process, free the potential and improve the quality of life of all its people while reclaiming its place as a global beacon of hope on democracy and human rights
“Even as we speak, our courts remain a shining example as ultimate guardians of constitutional democracy,” she said.