Ruling party the ultimate loser

Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo delivers opening remarks, 20 August 2018, in Parktown, Johannesburg, during the opening of the the State Capture Inquiry.
Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo delivers opening remarks, 20 August 2018, in Parktown, Johannesburg, during the opening of the the State Capture Inquiry.
Image: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

The testimony by witnesses at the state capture commission is deeply tearing the ANC apart more than what the ruling party might have thought.

Knowing the truth about what happened during Jacob Zuma's tenure is important in the healing of society, however the ANC remains the biggest loser so far. While in previous elections the opposition pushed their campaigns on Zuma's scandals, this time around they have fresh ammunition.

All the witnesses who have testified so far confirmed what the public has always suspected - that the Guptas have been in charge of state affairs.

The admission by minister of finance Nhlanhla Nene that he has visited the Gupta compound in Saxonwold is a slap in the face of President Cyril Ramaphosa who advocates for a clean administration.

Though Nene has apologised to the public for being unethical, his apology left much to be desired as he had never told the president or his colleagues about his visits to the Guptas.

Another controversy is that of Nene's son, who benefited from a Public Investment Corporation (PIC) deal while Nene was chair of the PIC.

The Bosasa scandals that implicate minister of mineral resources Gwede Mantashe, deputy minister of justice and correctional services Thabang Makwetla and senior ANC MP Vincent Smith is another embarrassment to the ANC.

It creates a serious and informed perception that the ruling party is corrupt to the core, where even those who were paraded as paragons of morality have smallanyana skeletons.

The public trust in the ANC hits a new low each time Zuma and those who served under him are implicated in wrongdoings.

Rofhiwa Phaswana,Thohoyandou

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