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Debate on State Capture by Mondli Gungubele in the National Assembly

28 November 2017

The African National Congress has always fought against injustice, oppression, crimes against humanity and corruption because it has amongst it's core values: freedom, equality, transparency, fairness and clean governance.

At its 53rd conference, the ANC resolved that, (clause 17.2.1) as the leaders of society, ANC comrades in every sphere of activity, need to be the champions in the anti-corruption campaigns. (Clause 17.2.2) The ANC should take tougher action against corruption.

It is not a coincidence that the ANC took a tough stance against maladministration and corruption allegations in state owned enterprises. When the ANC in Parliament supported the decision of the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises to undertake an oversight inquiry into Eskom, Transnet and Denel, it was informed by ANC resolutions and policy position on corruption.

We have not only been critical but have led from the front and we refuse to be sensational and grandstand like others, because we understand that state capture is not a political ball but a phenomenon that threatens the sovereignty of the state and the future of our children.

We are deeply concerned as the ANC with the looting that is taking place in Eskom and other SOEs. We condemn those that have betrayed the trust of our people and those who outsourced the political authority bestowed upon them to the highest bidder, particularly the Guptas.

We wish to appeal to our colleagues to be patient and vigilant, because we cannot fight this ruthless, parasitic bourgeois network in a clumsy fashion. Indeed they will not go down without a fight, however as the ANC we have a historical and revolutionary duty to defend the gains of this hard won democracy.

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