SACC disconcerted by state capture revelations

Gwen Vasquez
May 19, 2017

The panel was launched in April past year following the ANC's decision to discontinue its probe into allegations of state capture and public statements made by then finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas, former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor and government spokesperson Themba Maseko into claims of state capture by the controversial Gupta family and the influence they wielded over some state-owned companies and decision taken by the executive.

Mpumlwana says the panel afforded South Africans to share their stories.

After perusing the panel's work, he said the problem now seemed far deeper than corruption: it was organised chaos.

The organisation says the panel was created to offer a safe platform for people to provide evidence or information on how they have been pressured by private individuals to act corruptly.

It was triggered by former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas' allegations that the Gupta family had offered him R600m to take up the finance minister post, and Vytjie Mentor, who alleged that the family offered her the public enterprises post if she would drop the SAA flight route to India in 2016. "A number of those gave much of the same information to the Public Protector, feeding the State Capture report", the statement read.

In his presentation, Mpumlwana said there were cases of government employees at municipal and provincial levels who were pressured to divert funds "inappropriately" to "certain activities that had nothing to do with the work and goal of the budget".

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He said there were others who admitted to rigging tender process, on the instruction of their superiors, in favour of certain companies and individuals, or bend and tailor regulations for a desired outcome.

SACC General Secretary Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana released its report on the council's Unburdening Panel.

This included the securing of state wealth, through the capturing of state-owned companies; control over public service as well as securing access to rent-seeking opportunities. "Also securing control over the country's fiscal sovereignty, we understand that's why they have issues with the Treasury".

In attendance at the event were former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, former Hawks head Anwar Dramat, former Sars official Johann van Loggerenberg and ANC stalwarts such as Frank Chikane.

"We are seized with the anchoring democracy as we have come to recognise that South Africa may just, may just be a few inches from the throes of a mafia state", says Mpumlwana.

Bishop Zipho Siwa decried the state of the country, saying South Africans are feeling down and vulnerable, and something needs to be done.

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