Probe SOEs For Possible Link To The Guptas – SACP


While SA awaits Public Protector’s investigation result of the alleged state capture, the SA Communist Party (SACP) in the Free State has called for an urgent need to investigate a possible corruption in state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

The group calls for an investigation claiming the Gupta kind of business men are influencing some of the alliance leaders.

Zuma recently announced that the SOEs would be controlled by a committee that he himself would personally head and the SACP had for long been a strong opposition of President Jacob Zuma’s close ties with the Guptas.

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Standing as the only component of the tripartite alliance to oppose the Zuma-Gupta relationship, SACP believes the influential family will use their business influence to hijack the government.

Speaking on the need to carefully scrutinize all SOEs, SA Communist Party provincial secretary Bheki Stofile said the ANC must deal decisively with corruption, whether real or perceived.

“In this regard, an ongoing thorough assessment on the functionality and efficiency of SOEs and continued investigation of possible corrupt activities within SOEs remains a necessity,” Stofile said.

A Recent report has it that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has interviewed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas as part of her investigation into whether President Jacob Zuma’s government appointments was influenced by his family friend, the Gupta family.

The paper also stated that Madonsela had written to Zuma informing him of her investigation into whether he breached the executive code of conduct.

Madonsela has already interviewed Gordhan, his predecessor Nhlanhla Nene and deputy finance minister Jonas and will interview at least 20 other top officials and members of Zuma’s cabinet, the paper said.

“Partly the reason we subpoenaed them is because they shouldn’t be seen as sell-outs but as law-abiding citizens who are complying with the lawful order from an authorized institution,” Madonsela stated, without elaborating.

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Meanwhile, SA Communist Party provincial executive committee (PEC) prepared a detailed analysis of poll results pointing to what Stofile termed a “worrying trend of persistent decline in the electoral support over time”.

There, he said the decline in several metropolitan municipalities across the country was alarming.

“The poll results convey discordant cries of our people to the leadership and the movement as a whole and this clear message must not be taken for granted,” Stofile said, pointing out poor communication of a compact electoral message to the electorate as one of the root cause of the low turnout.

“Internal contributory factors to the decline in support include a growing social distance from our mass base, turning communities into mere recipients and ‘beneficiaries’ of top-down state-led delivery,” Stofile said.