- The SACP secretary general has denounced corporate state capture as treasonous
- President Jacob Zuma and others were all implicated in allegations of state capture in a Public Protector’s report entitled Sate of Capture
- Zuma has since unsuccessfully challenged the report’s recommendations
Blade Nzimande, Communist Party (SACP) secretary general, speaking at a party commemoriation of the life of Joe Slovo, in Soweto on Saturday called for an end to corporate state capture.
"What are the threats to 2019 election cause that will determine what we do as an alliance? We must minimise the risk of losing 2019. That’s why we say part of the cure is a reconfigured alliance. We want immediate decisive action to stop corruption and bring to an end corporate state capture.
"In fact, we are being kind in how we characterise corporate state capture. Corporate state capture is treason, when you hand over power to appoint in key positions to outside corporate interest. It’s treason, that’s what it is," he said.
The country’s state president, Jacob Zuma, his son Duduzane Zuma, former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, and the controversial Gupta family were all named as being involved in alleged state capture in a report released by the then public protector, Thuli Madonsela, in 2016.
The report, which parties including the president, tried to prevent being released, included recommendations for remedial action including the establishment of a commission of inquiry.
Madonsela recommended Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng appoint a retired judge to oversee the commission due to the conflict of interest inherent in the presidident having been implicated in the report.
Zuma has since unsuccessfully challenged Madonsela's recommendation that Mogoeng appoint the judge.
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