Comments by the ANC women league leader Bathabile Dlamini about South Africans forgiving state capture offenders did not only annoy South Africans in general but especially the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco).
In a statement released on Monday, the civic organisation reacted with shock over Dlamini’s utterances that citizens should forgive state capture like they forgave apartheid.
The organisation said Dlamini’sstatement is scandalous and should not be adhered by either the ANCWL or the presidential hopefuls.
“We hope that Dlamini’s scandalous view is not shared by the ANCWL or any of the leaders standing for election in the ANC 54th National Congress underway at Nasrec because it flies in the face of the ANC’s commitment to deal with the scourge of corruption,” said Sanco national spokesman Jabu Mahlangu.
“Any suggestion that those responsible for looting of state resources at an unprecedented massive scale while making a mockery of our criminal justice system and anti-corruption measures might be let off the hook will ring the death knell for the ruling party if needed.”
Bathabile Dlamini had on Sunday, during a political chat with News24 Politiki mentioned that the state capture saga and the controversial Gupta leaked email linking numerous top officials should not be used as a defining factor for how South Africans live their lives.
She said South Africans must learn to practice forgiveness when it comes to state capture, in the same way they forgave apartheid.
Dlamini also claimed that South African citizens and the media should give those mentioned in the emails sufficient right of reply.
Meanwhile, Sanco which is an alliance partner of the ruling ANC, said the ANC must distance itself from such claims as it would totally destroy the party if adhered to.
“Her earlier claim that everyone in the ANC NEC [national executive committee] leadership has some ‘smallanyana’ skeletons raises questions of moral and ethical leadership,” said Mahlangu.