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DA MPs protest outside Zondo commission

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The party says the ANC must appear before the inquiry, in the interest of justice.

Senior members from the Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane, Natasha Mazzonne and Phumzile van Damme picketed outside the judicial commission of inquiry looking into state capture, calling for African National Congress (ANC) leaders, who have been linked to corruption, to appear before the commission.

The proceedings, chaired by Deputy Justice Raymond Zondo, continued on Thursday, 27 September 2018, and are looking into allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud within the public sector.

“We were the original complainants. Remember when Mcebisi Jonas raised this concern we started with the public protector, we proceeded with the litigation on the matter. Now we can’t come to a commission that will absolve the ANC of its duties,” Maimane said.

Maimane said state capture did not begin with former President Jacob Zuma and is, in fact, central to the ANC nature and being.

“Cadre deployment has been an ANC policy for the better part of 20 years, allowing corruption, nepotism, cronyism and ultimately state capture to ensue” said Maimane.

He further added that: “While the ANC must account for their leading role in State Capture and their senior leadership must testify, the Commission cannot become a tool to settle ANC internal factionalism and navigate ANC cadre deployment”

The party has already written to Zondo, requesting that he look into corruption allegations against ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule.

The DA compiled a dossier containing detailed information on alleged dubious dealings Magashule took part in, while he was still Premier of the Free State.

Thabo Baloyi


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