Whew. Guys. The past few hours have been a whirlwind thanks to national treasure Thuli Madonsela’s damning 355-page State Capture Report. For those of you who have jobs and sadly can’t sit around reading the entire report in all its glory, here are the five most important facts you need to know.
1. Thuli Madonsela has addressed a substantial number of ‘worrying concerns’ in her State Capture Report. Seriously. Like, a lot:
‘It is worrying that the Gupta family was aware or may have been aware that Minister Nene was removed six weeks after Deputy Minister Jonas advised him that he had been allegedly offered a job by the Gupta family in exchange for extending favours to their family business.’
‘Equally worrying is that Minister Van Rooyen who replaced Minister Nene can be placed at the Saxonwold area on at least seven occasions including on the day before he was announced as minister. This looks anomalous given that at the time he was a member of Parliament based in Cape Town.’
‘Furthermore one of the two advisers he brought with to National Treasury on his first day at work‚ October 11 2015, had contact with someone [in] the Saxonwold area the day before. The coincidence is a source of great concern.’
‘Another worrying coincidence is that Minister Nene was removed after Mr Jonas advised him that he was going to be removed.’
Very worrying. Very worrying indeed.
2. The Guptas hold all the power. Our politicians are the ones running after them. There are virtually no incidences of the Guptas visiting the ANC – but several of cabinet members going out of their way to meet the Guptas in their Saxonwold mansion.
3. A company that features prominently in the report is Eskom. Yes, you have yet another reason to be mad at Eskom. The report reveals a close connection and friendship between CEO Brian Molefe and the Gupta family. In fact, cell phone records revealed that the two exchanged 58 calls in eight months which, let’s face it, is probably more than he called his own mother.
4. When interviewed by Thuli Madonsela, former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema revealed the ANC’s questionable relationship with the SABC. Malema‚ she said‚ alleged that ‘the SABC previously allowed government departments to communicate with the nation at no cost. This includes instances where Ministers required air time in order to make announcements and launch campaigns’. Madonsela said these allegations were confirmed by former Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.
5. It doesn’t really contain anything shockingly new. Virtually all of the findings have already at some point been reported on by the media. There’s no magical tool that can shut down the Zuma presidency. But, at the very least, there will now be a six-month judicial commission of inquiry during which many people will be forced to testify – including the president himself.
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