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South Africa – Ramaphosa slams abuse of ‘radical economic transformation’ to defend state capture

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Dineo Bendile 20 Jun 2017 19:53

Ramaphosa called on South Africans to look beyond the misuse of radical economic transformation as an empty slogan. (David Harrison/M&G)
Ramaphosa called on South Africans to look beyond the misuse of radical economic transformation as an empty slogan. (David Harrison/M&G)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has lashed out against ANC leaders who intentionally misuse the term radical economic transformation to hide alleged incidents of state capture.

Ramaphosa says the term has come to gain a negative reputation because of a carefully-crafted narrative, which seeks to paint anyone questioning wrongdoing in government as an enemy of transformation.

“We now know that some highly paid PR specialises contrived a plan to use terms such as radical economic transformation and white monopoly capital essentially to launch a publicity offensive in defence of their clients. And we all know who those clients are,” Ramaphosa said.

“It was part of defining a new narrative where those who stood in the way of their clients’ interests were presented as being opposed to radical economic transformation and representing the interests of what one would call white monopoly capital”.

Ramaphosa was speaking at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg today during a leadership engagement forum on issues facing the country’s economy.

Earlier this year, international public relations firm Bell Pottinger was uncovered to have masterminded a “white monopoly capital” campaign around the Guptas to improve their image and deflect attention from their questionable dealings with government. The campaign also involved using Radical Economic Transformation as a defence of Gupta business dealings.

Those who have brandished the term are known to be supporters of president Jacob Zuma and, by extension, are supporting Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to take over as president.

Ramaphosa called on South Africans to look beyond the misuse of radical economic transformation as an empty slogan and work towards achieving “sustained inclusive growth” through its proper implementation

“We should not be distracted or even side-tracked by the misuse of the term. What we need to do is to go beyond slogans. Is to go to the heart of the matter and look what needs to be done to redress the imbalances of past,” Ramaphosa continued.

“We must therefore focus on the real substance of radical economic transformation and the steps that need to be taken should be steps all of us as South Africans take”.

South Africa – Captura Continua: Will the Guptas determine the ANC succession race?

Daily Maverick (South Africa)

    • Ranjeni Munusamy
      ranjeni munusami BW

 

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Three weeks after the Guptas’ private email correspondence began cascading into the public domain, revealing the depth of the capture of the South African state, we are yet to see outrage and a fightback from the ANC. The party elected to govern by South African people, but now essentially cuckolded by the Guptas, has shown it is powerless against the family. The Guptas appear to be still pushing buttons behind the scenes and their main focus is to ensure that they stack the deck at the ANC’s 54th national conference, mostly to secure their new Number One. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY. 20

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has publicly accepted nomination for the position of ANC president, making her the first woman in the history of the 105-year-old organisation to contest the top leadership post. But far from this being a notable moment in history, it is the occasion for despair. Dlamini-Zuma has, without reservation, consented to becoming top of the ticket sponsored by the Gupta family. 31

Up to this point, one could still give Dlamini-Zuma the benefit of the doubt that she was simply riding the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) wave and would distinguish herself from the Gupta herd. But last week the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) announced its leadership slate, the first ANC structure to do so formally. 27

“Comrade Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the president of the ANC, comrade David Mabuza as the deputy president of the ANC, Comrade Ace Magashule as the secretary general of the ANC, Comrade Nathi Mthethwa as the national chair of the ANC, DSG for monitoring and evaluation Comrade Jessie Duarte, DSG for organising and campaigns Comrade Fikile Mbalula and the treasurer general Comrade Maite Nkoana-Mashabane,” ANCYL secretary general Njabulo Nzuza announced at a media briefing following their national executive committee meeting. 29

The ANCWL’s endorsement of Dlamini-Zuma and declaration that it wanted more women in the top leadership of the party at least had the veneer of punting the gender ticket. There was no such effort by the ANCYL. Mbalula, a former ANCYL president, was nominated for a position that does not even exist constitutionally in the ANC. Besides, Mbalula is now 46 years old and can hardly qualify as a “youthful” candidate in the leadership race. The second youngest person on the ANCYL slate is Mthethwa, who at 50 years old is hardly a spring chicken himself. 24

So what is the Youth League up to? And why is Dlamini-Zuma such a willing participant in this agenda? 7

In January ANCYL president Collen Maine indicated that their choice of presidential candidate would send “shockwaves” throughout the ruling party. 12

“These candidates who have been mentioned are part of the system. They have been part of the system we want to change. We need bold leadership. We need a second revolution that will cause ruptures in the economy,” Maine told Reuters back then. 36

Either Maine overestimated the impact of their endorsement of Dlamini-Zuma or their hand was forced to change the “shockwave” candidate they had in mind. There was also talk a few months ago that the ANCYL slate would include Malusi Gigaba, now the finance minister, and Mbalula, for top posts. Clearly that did not materialise. 19

The #GuptaLeaks exposed that Maine was being scripted by the family’s PR firm Bell Pottinger to further their manufactured white monopoly capital narrative. 29

So what else are Maine and his organisation doing on behalf of the Guptas? 19

Since the release of their emails, there have been no public moves by the Guptas. They have gone to ground and not responded publicly to any of the revelations against them. Clearly the family does not believe their ecosystem has been significantly disturbed by the revelations or the reaction to them. 25

While Gigaba and his public enterprises counterpart Lynne Brown are floundering to keep their heads above water, the people who should be most affected by the leak of the tranche of emails are manoeuvring from their place of seclusion. They are doing what they do best – arranging the political playing field to protect themselves and advance the interests of their business empire. 37

There are two positions in the ANC leadership that the Guptas need in particular to keep their project on track: president and secretary general. The ANCYL slate stitches that up for them. 21

President Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane have been worthwhile investments for the family – both performing as lead marionettes in the Gupta extravaganza. But when Zuma ceases to be ANC president, his power diminishes and he would become a lame duck in the state. Duduzane will then be expendable – unless he is able to act as middleman to the successor as well. 19

Enter Dlamini-Zuma, his stepmother and willing advocate of the “radical economic transformation” narrative that Duduzane and Bell Pottinger conjured up. 26

There have been many moments in the chaos of this year when the former African Union Commission chairperson could have distanced herself from the chaos of the Zuma presidency. If hers was to be a clean, capture-free presidency, the most obvious move would have been to put fresh air between herself from Zuma’s disastrous midnight Cabinet reshuffle. After all, as a potential president, Dlamini-Zuma would inherit the consequences of that suicidal move – a downgraded and junked economy. Surely it would make sense to separate herself from that mess. 32

It would also have been logical for Dlamini-Zuma to distance herself from the stench of the Gupta emails, especially considering they had nothing to do with her. The campaign of her main competitor, Cyril Ramaphosa, has been significantly strengthened by him speaking out against state capture and repeatedly calling for a judicial commission of inquiry into the mounting allegations. Ramaphosa’s campaign has morphed into an anti-corruption ticket basically by him stating the obvious: a full-scale, credible investigation is required. 30

But Dlamini-Zuma is doing no such thing. She is not making any effort to separate herself from the capture contagion. Clearly it serves her agenda. 41

The secretary general position is essential to control the functioning of the ANC. While the Guptas might not have captured Gwede Mantashe, his erraticism and volatility did not do much to protect the ANC from their influence. But the Guptas did have a handy insider in the office of the ANC secretary general in the form of Mantashe’s deputy, Jessie Duarte. She is entangled in their network and also exposed as talking to their script. 32

The Guptas are now looking to seize control of the office of the secretary general entirely. Free State Premier Ace Magashule is the candidate who will deliver the ANC in its entirety to the family. 34

Magashule has already been a handy asset for the Guptas, delivering massive provincial deals and feeding their media entities through the provincial coffers. His sons, Tshepiso and Thato, were exposed in the emails as having been ensnared in the Gupta network for some time. Magashule clearly has ambitions and a higher calling now. 33

Opposition to his candidacy came from a surprise source in the past few days. Mbalula indulged in a spontaneous Twitter blast in which he recommended Gauteng Premier David Makhura for the position of secretary general. 25

“Ace Magashule a definite no no no the man will finish what is remaining of our movement he will kill it inffect #Thinkingaloudbeyond,” Mbalula tweeted. This was followed by: “Ancyl let’s rally behind David Makhura as a replacement to Gweede Mantashe #ThinkingBeyondFactions”. 12

Mbalula reaffirmed his sentiments to the Sunday Times, saying he had nothing against Magashule personally but believed the secretary general position was essential to the ANC’s survival. 16

“The office of the SG comes with a lot of integrity. It must not take sides and annihilate people and run comrades to the ground,” said Mbalula. Clearly the police minister does not think too highly of the candidate nominated by the ANCYL. But Mbalula’s tweets do open the debate beyond the Gupta-endorsed slate and the faction rallying behind Ramaphosa. 12

This weekend, Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile threw his weight behind Ramaphosa, saying he could protect the country from all forms of capture. He told the ANC’s West Rand regional general council that the ANC did not need cowards who would put the country up for sale. He also dispelled the debate over a woman president, saying the ANC needed a capable leader of whichever gender. 28

While Mashatile’s endorsement is indicative that Gauteng is likely to rally behind Ramaphosa, the province might be disorientated if there are more calls for Makhura to be deployed as a consensus candidate for secretary general. Gauteng is resolved that Mashatile should occupy one of the top six posts and has been negotiating with other provinces in this regard. 13

But all the debates and negotiations around succession might come to nothing if the ANC remains powerless to the interference of the Guptas in its processes. The infusion of dirty money to influence the votes of branch delegates has been a successful lobbying tactic in the past and will no doubt be used again. The Guptas have sufficient resources to splurge on this project, particularly as they have a massive vested interest in the outcome of the leadership elections. 28

Buying off a president has turned out to be a boon for the Guptas. Even though the state capture edifice is cracking, the Guptas know that capturing the top leadership of the ANC in December will allow them to regain their foothold and have unrestricted access to the state machinery and resources. 31

There is nothing to indicate that the ANC has the ability or willingness to stop them. The party has six months to fight off the biggest demon since apartheid – or be conquered by it. DM

  • Ranjeni Munusamy is a survivor of the Salem witch trials and has the scars to show it. She has a substantial collection of tattered t-shirts from having “been there and done it” – from government, the Zuma trials, spin-doctoring and upsetting the applecart in South African newsrooms. Following a rather unexciting exorcism ceremony, she traded her femme-fatale gear for a Macbook and a packet of Liquorice Allsorts. Her graduation Cum Laude from the School of Hard Knocks means she knows a thing or two about telling the South African story.

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South Africa – Dlamini-Zuma calls on supporters to lobby harder for her

News24

2017-06-16 10:24

Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma addressing members of ANC during Peter Mokaba memorial lecture in Polokwane . (Chester Makana,News24)

Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma addressing members of ANC during Peter Mokaba memorial lecture in Polokwane . (Chester Makana,News24)

 

Polokwane – ANC presidential race contender Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma asked her backers to accelerate lobbying in the party’s branches and ensure she win in December.

Dlamini-Zuma made the appeal during the Peter Mokaba memorial lecture at Polokwane’s Jack Bores municipal hall on Thursday evening.

She told ANC Youth League president Collen Maine and her supporters that they must work hard and recruit branches to endorse her.

“I have spent my life dedicated to the ANC, and there is no way I can turn down the nomination. But you have to work towards it so that the branches share that view,” said Dlamini-Zuma.

The Youth League used the memorial lecture to parade the former African Union leader as presidential material to the people of Limpopo.

Maine told hundreds of ANC supporters that the national executive committee of the ANCYL has resolved to support Dlamini-Zuma.

He claimed it was not an easy decision, saying the league had to deliberate and concluded that they would rally behind Dlamini-Zuma.

The league also made it clear that it does not want to see current ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe retaining his position.  Instead Maine said current Free State chairperson Ace Magashule is their preferred candidate.

“The secretary general will be Ace Magashule, and we don’t believe that he will kill the ANC,” said Maine.

Tripartite alliance divided

The league has garnered controversy after its alleged association with the Gupta family, who are fingered in the Public Protector’s State of Capture report, and in the subsequent leaked Gupta emails.

The ANC’s upcoming December elective conference has left the tripartite alliance divided and worsened the leadership crisis as Cosatu and the SACP have both thrown their weight behind deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to become next ANC president.

Addressing ANC supporters, Dlamini-Zuma described Peter Mokaba as the leader who was dedicated to the party mandate and its values.

She said the current generation of youth must strive to emulate Mokaba, and he had urged his peers to learn as theory needed corrective practice, she said.

“The youth league during Mokaba time – when the ANC was saying the country must be ungovernable -they had [a] programme to clean up, and participated in [the] education charter campaign.

“Our youth must utilize the political space created by Mokaba and his generation to pursue [the] agenda of economic development.

“We have political power [but] we don’t have economic power. Economic power is not yet achieved, [and] without economic freedom will not arrive where we want to arrive.”

South Africa – Mantashe says Zuma could be removed as head of state before 2019

Reuters

By Joe Brock | JOHANNESBURG

JOHANNESBURG South African President Jacob Zuma may be removed as head of state after a December conference when a new leader of the ruling African National Congress will be chosen, Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday.

Zuma has survived calls to resign from sections of the ANC in recent months following a string of corruption scandals, waning public support and economic instability caused by a heavily-criticised cabinet reshuffle in March.

Though Zuma can remain South African president until an election in 2019, senior ANC sources opposed to him have told Reuters they will push for his removal as head of state shortly after he steps down as party leader in December.

ANC’s top leadership, including Mantashe, have been critical of some of Zuma’s decisions but have not publicly said they back proposals to remove him.

Asked if it would be easier for Zuma’s ANC opponents to remove him after the party conference, Mantashe told Reuters: “Yes, that’s exactly the point I’m making. After December … he will not be the president of the ANC, who by resolution should be president of the republic. It’s less complex.”

Mantashe gave as an example former president Thabo Mbeki who was recalled as head of state by the ANC in 2008, less than a year after he was ousted as party leader.

Zuma is unpopular with most investors and the possibility of him leaving office before 2019 would be welcomed by markets.

CORRUPTION

Backroom rifts within the ANC have been thrust into the open this week after more than 100,000 emails leaked to local media allegedly showed improper dealings in lucrative government contracts by business friends of Zuma.

Zuma and the Gupta family, wealthy Indian-born businessmen whose companies have contracts with state-owned firms, have not commented, though they have denied similar allegations in the past. Reuters could not independently verify the new allegations.

Mantashe said the allegations were damaging the reputation of the ANC and called for a judicial inquiry to investigate the influence of business interests in government. Zuma has not yet agreed to such an investigation.

“It damages the ANC because we are the governing party. Many of the people cited there as beneficiaries of the Guptas are leaders of the ANC, so we’re paying the price for that,” Mantashe said.

The latest allegations of influence-peddling are deepening divides in the ANC as factions battle for control ahead of the December party conference.

Zuma has backed his ex-wife and former African Union chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed him, while other ANC factions are supporting Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Opposition parties have made upbeat comments about unseating the ANC in 2019, an unthinkable scenario a few years ago for a party that has led comfortably since it swept to power under Nelson Mandela at the end of white-minority rule in 1994.

The ANC lost control of major cities last year in its worst local election results since coming to power, partly due to a drop in public support for Zuma.

“When we go to the 2019 elections we will have a new face of the ANC. It doesn’t matter whether he (Zuma) leaves after December or doesn’t leave,” Mantashe said.

“There is an inherent risk that you can win and equally a risk that you can lose. We take every election seriously.”

 

South Africa: ANC calls for Zuma GuptaLeaks investigation

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Image caption President Jacob Zuma has survived many previous accusations of corruption

South Africa’s ruling party has called for an investigation into emails which appear to show allegedly corrupt links between President Jacob Zuma’s family and wealthy businessmen.

The African National Congress (ANC) said the allegations questioned the credibility of the government and such matters could not be allowed to fester.

Mr Zuma recently survived calls for his resignation by some senior ANC members.

The allegations have been dismissed as a fabrication by Mr Zuma’s lawyers.

The Gupta family of businessmen has said the leaks were “politically inspired”.

Mr Zuma has become increasing unpopular in recent years amid accusations of corruption and not doing enough to tackle poverty.

There have been mass protests calling for him to step down.

One of the revelations in the emails, known as GuptaLeaks, is that President Zuma was hoping to take up residency in the United Arab Emirates. A claim that was denied.

Others appear to show that the Gupta family exerts undue influence over the government.

Grey line

Have Jacob Zuma’s nine lives run out? Milton Nkosi, BBC News, South Africa

Demonstrators take part in a protest calling for the removal of South AfricaImage copyright Reuters

By calling for an investigation, the African National Congress is putting its own leader under pressure to come clean.

At the centre of the alleged scandal is President Zuma’s son Duduzane, a business partner with the controversial Gupta family.

Some of the emails released by local media allege that Duduzane has been playing the role of middleman between his father and private business interests.

This looks like the ANC is slowly washing its hands of its 74-year-old leader. They know he will not be at the helm in six months’ time and so the dominos are beginning to fall.

Mr Zuma’s obituary has been written many times before. But even so, it does feel like Mr Zuma’s nine lives are gradually coming to an end.

Mr Zuma is due to step down as ANC president in December and his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa are vying to replace him.

His term as national president expires in 2019.

South Africa – Zuma allies say plans to remove him at NEC a fallacy

News24

2017-05-25 16:55

President Jacob Zuma. (Khothatso Mokone, AP)

President Jacob Zuma. (Khothatso Mokone, AP)

Johannesburg- Supporters of President Jacob Zuma in the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) are planning to oppose any move for him to be recalled when they meet this weekend.

They have labelled renewed calls for the NEC to oust him a “fallacy”.

ANC Youth League secretary general Njabulo Nzuza, who is also a supporting NEC member, told News24 an NEC recall of Zuma would be unconstitutional.

“Those people really can’t raise a motion of no confidence in an NEC. Only congress, which elected him [Zuma], can deal with such a thing. Even our constitution makes no provision for such.”

“People are being sold a fallacy of something here,” Nzuza said.

He was supported by another senior member who said that, during an NEC meeting in November 2016, former tourism minister Derek Hanekom’s motion for Zuma to be recalled was defeated, and had “ended the debate”.

“There was an agreement at that meeting that it will never be discussed again, because the branches said we don’t have the powers. We will call to order anyone that calls for him to go,” the NEC member said.

He argued that the ANC’s constitution stated that only the party’s president could be the president of the country.

“Zuma’s recall is different from Mbeki, as he was no longer ANC president when he was recalled,” the member explained.

NEC divided

Mbeki was recalled in 2008 after losing the party’s presidency to Zuma. The party’s NEC is holding a scheduled meeting, starting on Friday.

“Organisational weaknesses can’t be solved by removing a president.  If there are issues, we must resolve them structurally.

“We also can’t play to the gallery. The NEC cannot change congress resolutions, let alone the office of the president,” Nzuza said.

Zuma is already facing a motion of no confidence in Parliament, with claims that some ANC members want to vote in support of the motion tabled by opposition parties.

The national executive is divided over Zuma’s hold on the presidency.

Among them is one member who said it would be “irresponsible” for the party’s top structure not to discuss it.

“If we don’t, we would be writing the ANC off, as we are losing credibility in the eyes of the public,” he said.

He questioned Zuma’s support base, following calls the ANC’s tripartite alliance partners – SACP, Cosatu and Sanco – for him to step down. These calls have been repeated in countrywide protests, demanding Zuma’s removal.

Damning report

“And now there is that report of the South African Council of Churches (SACC), which stopped short of saying this government has lost moral authority to govern.

“That is [a] very serious charge and you can’t turn a blind eye to it, and that is another reason why the NEC should be sitting up and put on the agenda the demand for this person to quit,” he said.

The SACC released a damning report on state capture and said the country risks collapsing if the ANC does not act on the “systematic siphoning on state assets pivoted around the president”.

Both sides are expecting this weekend’s meeting to be “difficult and tense”, following numerous controversial moves linked to Zuma.

It is the first NEC meeting since the controversial reshuffle which replaced Pravin Gordhan as finance minister. The country was downgraded to junk status and the unfolding Brian Molefe saga was labelled as “embarrassing”.

Another NEC member said the party must deal with the Public Protector’s recommendation that a judicial commission of inquiry be established into the alleged undue influence of the Gupta family on the executive and state-owned enterprises.

Zuma has approached the courts for the decision to be reviewed, while Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa wants an inquiry to go ahead.

Succession debate

At least three members of the NEC said they would call for the succession debate to be opened, as leaders had already launched their campaigns to replace Zuma at the December elective conference.

They said opening it up would limit “leaders publicly attacking each other”.

“What we must do now is talk the rules of the game,” said of the NEC members.

The ANC has canned the debate until after the June policy conference and said members must instead discuss the qualities of the future leader.

“I really think we are going to push for it to be opened up now, instead of waiting for [the] policy conference,” an NEC member said.

While Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are seen as front runners for the ANC’s top post, there are presidential campaigns for other senior party members, including Lindiwe Sisulu, Jeff Radebe, Mathews Phosa and Baleka Mbete.

South Africa – Zuma publicly endorses Dlamini-Zuma as successor

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Zama’s endorsement of Dlamini-Zuma comes a day before the Constitutional Court is set to hear an application for a secret ballot in Parliament on the vote of no confidence in the president.

ANC president Jacob Zuma greets AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on the first day of the party’s national general council on 09 October 2015. Photo: eNCA / Sethembiso Zulu

BULWER, KZN – President Jacob Zuma has publicly endorsed his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to become the next ANC president.

The former AU commission chairperson was reportedly not keen to leave her position as home affairs minister five years ago to take the job in Addis Ababa.

Zuma was speaking at a church gathering in Bulwer in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.

The endorsement comes a day before the Constitutional Court is set to hear an application for a secret ballot in Parliament on the vote of no confidence in the president.

Carien Du Plessis, who’s an independent journalist was at the gathering in Bulwer, click on the above video to hear her talk about Zuma’s endorsement of Dlamini-Zuma.