The State Capture Commission, which President Ramaphosa has previously claimed to support, found that deployment of frames facilitated state capture through the appointment of docile individuals to powerful positions in state entities. Yet now he is clearly determined to defy the Zondo report in order to protect the deployment of ANC cadres – the very basis of state capture. And to add insult to injury, he ordered the state attorney, who is supposed to serve the needs of citizens rather than political parties, to spend millions of rands in court defending the ANC. And what about Chief Justice Zondo’s conclusion that the deployment of cadres is unconstitutional and illegal? Was this long and costly commission just an exercise in futility after all? –Sandra Laurence
Cyril Ramaphosa abuses state resources to challenge Zondo and defend the deployment of ANC cadres
By Dr. Leon Schreiber MP*
The DA can today reveal that Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as President of South Africa, chose to actively oppose the DA lawsuit to abolish corruption in the deployment of cadres. In legal documents the DA received yesterday, Ramaphosa, Minister of Civil Service and Administration, Thulas Nxesiand the entire South African government have announced that they “intend to oppose” the DA’s legal action to declare the deployment of ANC cadres unconstitutional and illegal, as recommended Chief Justice Raymond Zondo in the latest volume of the State Capture Report. View Notices of Objection here and here.
This marks an extremely important moment in the AD’s ongoing war on executive deployment, as it reveals three facts.
- The first is that Ramaphosa’s decision to formally defend the cadre’s deployment in court in his capacity as the country’s president – not the president of the ANC – confirms beyond a reasonable doubt that he does not intend to significantly eradicate state capture. The State Capture Commission that Ramaphosa previously claimed to support found that the deployment of cadres facilitated state capture through “the appointment of docile individuals to powerful positions in state entities”. Yet now that the Commission has involved the ANC cadre deployment committee he chaired during the Zuma years, Ramaphosa, his party and his entire government are clearly determined to defy the Zondo report in order to protect the deployment of ANC cadres – the very foundation of statehood.
It is difficult to overemphasize the importance of this point: the ANC and the whole of the South African government have effectively raised a defensive laager against the DA in an attempt to protect the very policy of the ANC which the own The government’s State Capture Commission identified as the cause of the state. capture corruption in this same government.
- The opposition of Ramaphosa and his government to the DA affair in his capacity as President of South Africa also amounts to an abuse of public resources to protect the corruption of ANC cadres. The DA’s court case centers on one political party’s policy that has devastated state capacity. A president who cared more about our country than his political party would welcome the DA trial as an essential part of rebuilding state capacity by insulating the state from political interference. At the very least, a president sensitive to the damage caused by executive corruption would have indicated that he would simply abide by the court’s decision.
Instead, Ramaphosa and the South African government chose to actively misuse state resources in order to protect the corrupt politics of a political party. In the notice of his intention to oppose the DA’s case, Ramaphosa even indicated that he will be represented in the case by the South African public prosecutor. He thus ordered the state prosecutor – who is supposed to serve the needs of citizens rather than political parties – to spend millions of rands in court defending the ANC.
Cyril Ramaphosa blatantly abuses state resources and South Africans’ hard-earned tax money to defend in court the corrupt policy of deploying ANC cadres that facilitated state capture . As he has done so many times before, he and his government shamelessly chose the corrupt interests of ANC cadres over the needs of the South African people.
- Finally, Ramaphosa’s misuse of state resources to defend the deployment of ANC cadres in defiance of the Zondo report confirms that the DA is the only party that puts its money where its mouth is when it comes to stamping out the root and branch of state capture. It was only the DA that mobilized resources and went to court to implement Chief Justice Zondo’s finding that the cadre deployment is unconstitutional and illegal. With the ANC firmly united across factions in defending corruption in the deployment of cadres, the DA stands alone among parliamentary parties in seeking to root out the politics that laid the groundwork for state capture, corruption and state collapse. Ramaphosa’s announcement yesterday also makes it clear that the DA not only opposes the entire ANC, but also the President and the entire South African government.
Although we may be the only political party in Parliament working to abolish executive deployment, we know that millions of South Africans are united with the DA in their desire to see an end to the executive corruption that has plagued our country on its knees. It is for them that the DA will fight this battle against Ramaphosa, his poverty cabinet and the whole of the ANC to the end. It is for the people of South Africa that we will defeat this treacherous attempt by Ramaphosa to protect the perverse policy which has caused such profound suffering to millions of South Africans.
It is above all because the DA cares about the future of our beautiful country that we will not stop until the deployment of cadres is abolished and eradicated.
- Leon Schreiber is the DA Shadow Minister for Public Service and Administration.
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