STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU
HOLOMISA as UDM PRESIDENT
In spite of the eloquent lip service of Thabo Mbeki to the importance of partnership in South Africa, opposition parties are being excluded today from the National Summit on Corruption. A multi-party democracy – which our constitution demands – means that opposition parties participate in the governing of our country. The only explanation is that this summit is intended to serve only as ANC electioneering propaganda, much to the detriment of the national interest on such a crucial matter.
The UDM demands that action replace the fruitless workshops and sanctimonious posturing. White-collar criminals in South Africa fear only the gentle reprimand of the ANC government. It is high time these people were brought to justice. Theft is theft, and it demands a prison sentence. Certain minimum actions are self-evident. The immediate suspension of a suspect of serious charges, pending investigation, must be implemented. Statements must be taken immediately from all accusing parties so that the accused may have something other than media reports to respond to. There must be transparency.
The UDM is particularly concerned with the Mokoena case. According to reports, this man has had charges of corruption pending against him for four years. How did he ever receive his appointment in the first place? Was he subjected to a background check? If not, how can the Department of Home Affairs be trusted to handle the voters’ roll, ID documentation, etc.? And now Buthelezi deems that Mokoena should be given the “benefit of the doubt”. We will never root out corruption if ministers do not take responsibility for the actions within their departments. Buthelezi and Zuma have become shinning examples of this buck-passing. What will become of this investigation? The UDM demands a judicial enquiry.
The mind boggles at the ANC government’s ineptness and softness on corruption. No doubt, this week’s electioneering lip service will convey the best possible intentions – a la the ANC election manifesto (which has little relevance to reality) – while dubious characters accused of atrocious corruption on strong prima facie evidence are being given the “benefit of the
Mr Bantu Holomisa
14 April, 1999