On Tuesday, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas used the Human Rights Day to lash out at the ANC government, led by President Jacob Zuma for their stance on radical economic transformation.
In a hard-hitting speech to mark the 32nd anniversary of the Langa Massacre, Jonas said the ANC used to be a struggle movement known for peace and truth but, today, the party is very economical with the truth – including on how the DA took over the Nelson Mandela Bay.
Shredding the party the more, the Langa Massacre commemoration event in Uitenhage, the embattled ANC member lambasted President Zuma for deceiving South Africans on the radical economic transformation policies, alleging that it has gradually turned to an ANC slogan.
He lamented that even the ruling party has not been able to account or define what the said radical economic transformation means and how it will positively make impacts in the life of the masses.
“We are misleading ourselves if we keep talking about radical economic transformation without talking about uplifting 51 million people. Radical economic transformation should not be an elite program that seeks to replace white monopoly with black monopoly,” he said.
He warned the ANC about pushing aside corrective measures being pointed out by other tripartite alliances, adding that if the ruling party wants to regain the trust of the people, it must be a fruitful organization that listens to the voices of the people.
The event was also addressed by Uitenhage Massacre Foundation chairman Nicholas Malgas and President Zuma;s anointed leader in Port Elizabeth Andile Lungisa.
Jonas is one man that believes that If there is anything South Africa has failed at, it is education.
Earlier this month, he told a packed gathering at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg that the difference between successful and failing countries is leadership.
Jonas spoke like a man freed from fears that he might be axed by President Jacob Zuma and, for the umpteenth time he gave a frank and pragmatic assessment of the political economy.
Jonas’s position has been rumored to be under threat from new ANC MP Brian Molefe, the former Eskom boss also said to be close to the Guptas.
It was reported last month that the deputy minister is being investigated by the Hawks elite police unit as part of a probe into allegations of corruption at state-owned South African Airways (SAA).
But media outlet City Press subsequently reported that Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi denied that there was an investigation into allegations of corruption at SAA.
Jonas has been in the headlines since last year after he confessed that the Gupta family offered him a ministerial position. Other top government officials followed suit, including former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor.