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Catholic Bishops slams ANC NEC rhetoric on State Capture inquiry

Catholic Bishops, South Africa

Catholic Bishops says they are not impressed with African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Council (NEC) rhetoric on State Capture inquiry

Bishop Gabuza, the chair person of SACBC Justice and Peace Commission, has said that his commission is not impressed by the ANC NEC position on the judicial inquiry into state capture.

“In the face of the various reports and revelations that are warning us that our country has been hijacked by a patronage network that is linked to the President, the position of the ANC NEC over the weekend has demonstrated that it lacks the collective political will to hold the president to account.

Its rhetoric on judiciary inquiry therefore lacks credibility.” Bishop Gabuza has warned that “many people in the country have now lost confidence in the office of the president and its ability to create a South Africa that benefits the common good, and not a few elite.

To restore such confidence, we need a judicial inquiry on state capture that is not a white wash, like the previous judicial inquiries that we have seen in our country.

He added that: “The country is in a state of political and economic paralysis as the result of state capture allegations. We need to move on.

The Judicial inquiry should happen now, and not wait for the conclusion of the court case to review the Public Protector’s Report.” The Justice and peace commission “is saddened that the review process and the sub judice rule are being used by the president as a delaying tactic.

The process could drag for months and years. Chances are such that the probe may never happen. Despite the rhetoric in favour of the probe, both the president and the NEC have not demonstrated the political will to make it happen. This is a cause for concern.”

Justice and Peace Commission is of the view that the president can institute the probe immediately if he wants to.

It is also of the view that the ANC NEC can make it happen immediately if it wants to.

“We are of the view that ANC NEC is de facto calling for an inquiry that is different from the one recommended by the Public Protector. The period for the inquiry (dating back to 1994) and the matter under investigation (broadly covering all areas of state capture, and not only the Gupta allegations) are both different from the ones recommended by the public protector. In our view, this is reason enough for the NEC to compel the president to consider instituting the judicial inquiry immediately without waiting for the conclusion of the court case on the public protector’s report. Delaying tactics should stop.”

Bishop Gabuza has warned that “if we do not do something now to stop the systemic and endemic plunder of the state resources by the political elite and the business elite (both from the white monopoly capital and the black monopoly capital), the unhealthy wealth gap that we now see in our country will widen to dangerous levels and later fuel a violent revolution similar to the Arab Spring.

The time to stop this from happening is now.”

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