With Chief Justice Raymond Zondo having published the fourth instalment of his Commission of Inquiry’s findings on rampant State Capture during Jacob Zuma’s tenure as President, many people may still be feeling a little in the dark about the scale of the decade-long debacle.
But fear not – the Democratic Alliance (DA) has taken it upon itself to set up a “Zondo Dashboard”. This nifty tool aims to outline the plethora of alleged criminal acts alleged to have been committed by members of the ANC and other government bodies in crystal-clear detail.
Latest State Capture report released
Adv Glynnis Breytenbach, the DA’s Shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, announced the initiative on Monday, and said that the DA’s new resource, will assist the public in explaining the following nefarious activities found to have taken place during the State Capture Inquiry:
- Name and shame all high-level ANC and government officials implicated in state capture.
- State what each person or entity has been accused of.
- State what recommendations have been made by the Commission for each person or entity; and
- Provide real time updates on what action, or inaction, has been taken by both the police and NPA against these individuals or entities so far.
“In the first three parts of the reports alone, 1438 people have been implicated in State Capture, fraud, or corruption,” said Breytenbach, who added that the site will be updated on a weekly basis.
She said that with the Commission having been established over four years ago and having required R1 billion to achieve its aims, the 1 438 people who have thus far been implicated must see their day in court.
“In the almost 5 years since [President Cyril Ramaphosa’s] first speech as ANC leader, we have failed to see any material action taken against those within the ANC who were involved in State Capture or corruption. The South African public deserve to see a transparent and open process unfold against these implicated ANC officials,” she said.
NPA in the spotlight
In addition to ensuring the public is made well-aware of those who have burdened them with such cataclysmic social and economic strife during the notorious era of state decay, they also announced that they will be putting the National Prosecuting Authorities lack of prosecutions under intensified scrutiny.
“The DA will be writing to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services to request that the NPA is brought before it to account for its lack of prosecutions to date,” said Breytenbach.
“We will also be providing the NPA with a list of high-level implicated officials highlighted on our Zondo Dashboard. Some these figures include, Gwede Mantashe, Cedric Frolick, Brian Molefe, Malusi Gigaba and Nomvula Mokonyane.”
“This kind of oversight is the very least the people of South Africa deserve. If the ANC will not reset their moral compass and do the right thing, which they have shown repeatedly they will not do, then the DA will name and shame them until action is taken.”