South Africa appears to be struggling to discard the scourge of state facilitated corruption, fraud, and gross maladministration that has seriously undermined the nations progress. However, there are encouraging signs that corrupt government officials are finally being investigated and prosecuted for their crimes against the people of South Africa.
Former ICASA chairperson and ANC MP, Rubben Mohlaloga was sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud and money laundering. In addition, former acting head of the Land Bank, Philemon Mohlahlane was sentenced to seven years in prison for similar crimes.
In addition, former SARS Commissioner, Tom Moyane’s appeal was rejected at the Constitutional Court last week effectively ending his bizarre quest to be reinstated at the revenue service.
Cabinet ministers, Nomvula Mokenyane, Gwede Mantashe and Bathabile Dlamini have all been implicated in corruption at the State Capture Inquiry along with senior ANC officials, like former SAA Chairperson, Dudu Myeni and Justice Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Vincent Smith.
President Cyril Ramaphosa urged newly appointed National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shamila Batohi, to swiftly prosecute those implicated in the multi-billion rand Bossasa scandal.
South Africa’s major banks have dumped Bosasa as a result of the revelations of corrupt dealings that emerged at the State Capture Inquiry – forcing the company into voluntary liquidation. Tragically however, 4500 staff members will lose their jobs through no fault of their own.
The media also reports the Free State government paid Gupta family affiliated companies over R334 million in the Vrede dairy scheme. Several ANC officials are implicated in this scam including current ANC Secretary General, Ace Magashula. The funds were intended for emerging black farmers.
The Gupta crime family plundered South Africa’s assets to the tune of billions of rands. Eskom and several other State Owned Enterprises have been crippled by ANC/Gupta corruption.
We must continue to pray that God will sovereignly intervene in our country’s affairs by exposing and uprooting the corrupt and the wicked from positions of authority.
Pravin Gordhan, the Minister of State Owned Enterprises promised that those involved in the destruction of Eskom and other SOE’s will soon be wearing orange overalls.
There does appear to be a genuine and concerted effort to uproot and eradicate corruption and maladministration in the public sector by certain government officials. We must cover them in prayer.
However, those implicated in the looting of state coffers are fighting back. Factions within the ANC are aggressively resisting President Ramaphosa’s efforts to expose corruption – to avoid prosecution.
The battle for the soul and destiny of South Africa is raging right now. On 8 May voters must decide whether to further empower the corrupt and the wicked or decisively vote for real change.
Date published: 25/02/2019
Written by: Errol Naidoo
Article source: Supplied