Slowly slowly

The snake kills by squeezing its prey slowly …

Have you noticed how slowly President Ramaphosa’s moves?

He has been President for 14 months – here is a list of what he has done to fight corruption after 14 months:

  1. removed some cabinet ministers linked to state capture and corruption 
  2. removed Tom Moyane as Sars Commissioner and appointed Edward Kieswetter (in one month they collected R600 million more by putting in more capacity to deal with illicit cigarette trade, expect to reach R13 billion by year end) 
  3. replaced Shaun Abrahams with Shamila Batohi as NPA head who reinstated Willie Hofmeyr as head of AFU
  4. fired Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi from the NPA
  5. appointed a highly educated and competent Advocate Seswantsho Godfrey Lebeya as head of the Hawks
  6. started to act on the findings of the high-level review panel in the State Security Agency which he set up last year 
  7. appointed Advocate Mahlodi Sam Muofhe as the new head of the domestic branch of the State Security Agency (SSA)
  8. established a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) Special Tribunal to fast track the recovery of funds lost to the state from corruption or irregular spending
  9. signed a number of proclamations for the SIU to investigate wrongdoings in various state entities 
  10. set up a Commission of Inquiry into allegations for impropriety regarding Public Investment Corporation
  11. 14 senior executives and 99 other employees implicated in wrongdoing have left Eskom, and scores of others have been sanctioned, while 12 criminal cases have been opened
  12. 8 senior executives at Transnet implicated in corruption have been fired
  13. Denel Group Chief Executive forced to resign whilest the CFO was fired
  14. allowed all these different commissions of inquiry to do their work despite many of the revelations hurting the image of the ANC.

Since then the special directorate has been set up in the NPA to deal with cases emanating from Zondo Commission. This is just in the fight against corruption. Is that slow?

Add to this the three-pronged approach to South Africa’s biggest Public Liability (Public ‘Protector’) by Accountability Now who has found herself between a rock and a hard place, but still lacks the decency to resign. Then pause to consider Pravin Gordhan’s promise when he called a radio station to correct an opinion that had been expressed – ‘We are in control. It’ll become apparent in the next few weeks’. That was said on 8 August 2019 … watch this space.

[Image: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/king-snakes-strength-its-squeeze]

By Julie Walker

Image: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/king-snakes-strength-its-squeeze

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