Editorials 3.7.2015 02:00 pm

Pull the other one, Mr Mantashe

FILE PICTURE: ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PICTURE: ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Refilwe Modise

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s threat that the ruling ANC would take serious action against party members who use dirty cash from private companies to fight for positions in the party in exchange for lucrative tenders is just hot air.

If the party is serious about eradicating this endemic conduct, it must start with its top leaders.

It’s no secret that politically connected individuals who gave financial support to President Jacob Zuma’s campaign to take over the ANC at the party’s 2007 Polokwane conference have been handsomely rewarded with government contracts.

These include his loyal friends who landed a chartered jet carrying 200-odd wedding guests at an air force base without anyone seeming to know who had authorised the landing.

In fact, the practice that Mantashe says poses a serious threat to the movement was popularised by Zuma himself. The man from Nkandla has on numerous occasions, and without any shame, said businesses that gave money to the ANC “would multiply”.

He repeated this statement earlier this year at the party’s 103rd anniversary gala dinner where he told businesses if they gave money to the ANC “everything you touch will multiply”. Calling on business to invest in the ruling party and amass fortunes in return is nothing but bribery.

 

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