While the Public Protector Busisiwe investigate some of the Gupta leaked emails linking Zuma and some of his cronies, Catholic bishops in South Africa calls on President Zuma to quietly to avoid being shamed after the investigation report is released.
The bishops who related their shock at the revelations in the leaked emails urged the president and those implicated in the emails to resign if the revelations are true.
Bishop Abel Gabuza, the chairperson of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) Justice and Peace Commission, said if the leaked Gupta emails were actually true, it then proves that the nation’s resources have been plundered.
“The leaked emails, if they are authentic, show that the president’s patronage network, as well as its plans to plunder state resources, is more complex and expensive than we thought.”
He also noted that the main Problem with the controversial state capture would not have escalated this far if the SA had a policy that demands compulsory disclosure of corporate donations to politicians and to political parties.
“We, therefore, ask all the political parties in Parliament to work together to enact such a policy as a matter of urgency,
“We also call upon the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to require public companies to disclose their political spending to shareholders. Public companies should not be allowed to spend the money of shareholders – among them institutional investors – on political parties without informing them” Gabuza said.
The controversial email has so far indicated that the Gupta family benefited massively from Transnet contracts, received preferential treatment from Home Affairs, were sent Mineral Affairs Minister Mosebenzi Zwane’s CV before he was appointed and that ministers and the South African Revenue Service gave them secret information.
The Public Protector Busisiwe has so far decided to investigate the matter after a long call from the people.
The group now call upon the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to require public companies to disclose their political spending to shareholders. Public companies should not be allowed to spend the money of shareholders – among them institutional investors – on political parties without informing them.
And, Gabuzaadded by saying that the ANC at its policy conference at the end of June should also consider the establishment of an Anti-Corruption Court with specialised prosecutors and judges.
This, according to him, would provide a stronger adjudication mechanism for timely and expeditious disposal of corruption and corruption-related cases.”
“The continued allegations of corruption throughout his term of office have weakened the state’s resolve and credibility to fight the cancer which is corruption. As a result, greed and corruption have now become the normal way of organising our social, political and economic relationships in South Africa. The moral fibre of our nation is clearly broken.
“Most of the delivery points for public services (Home Affairs, schools, licence renewal points, traffic police, police stations, clinics, hospitals) have now become collection points for bribes. Both in the public and the private sector one can only get a job by bribing somebody.” said Gabuza
He added that while it is true that corruption was a problem before Zuma came into office, it has worsened under his watch.
The Catholic bishops in South Africa pleads with President Jacob Zuma and many others implicated in the leaked Gupta email to resign