'fight misuse of state fundS'

THE SACP has taken a swipe at President Jacob Zuma and all supporters of ANCYL leader Juluis Malema for supporting him amid a raging controversy about how he accumulated his wealth.

THE SACP has taken a swipe at President Jacob Zuma and all supporters of ANCYL leader Juluis Malema for supporting him amid a raging controversy about how he accumulated his wealth.

Malema is accused of using his political influence to acquire state tenders worth more than R140 million, especially in Limpopo. He is said to be using the millions to finance his extravagant lifestyle.

His supporters, including Zuma and ANCYL members, say Malema has broken no law by being involved in business with the government.

In a statement yesterday the SACP said all South Africans must fight the misuse of public resources "through illegal and even legal but anti-social rent-seeking means".

SACP spokesperson Malesela Maleka said the "rent-seeking means" included the mobilisation of mass support in the name of democracy by individuals bent on self-enrichment.

Such individuals, Maleka said, operated under the guise of fighting for the poor. One way of avoiding abuse of power was for politicians to declare their business interests to their parties, he said.

The SACP said the abuse of public resources included "fraudulent grants, tender-preneuring, excessive outsourcing and exorbitant payments to public-sector managers".

The SACP had previously accused the ANCYL of protecting the interests of "tenderprenuers" - individuals who use their political connections to enrich themselves through government tenders.

"It is the core task of the state to render directly a public service to the public - not to render out tenders to tenderpreneurs," the SACP said.

"Many tasks can also be conducted through the state working hand in hand with local communities and cooperatives in the construction of housing for instance."

The party insisted that communities needed to know who has tendered and for what.

The SACP also supported Cosatu's call for a lifestyle audit for public officials.

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