Update on Gordhan arrest
It should be noted that the outrage of the Presidency and Shaun Abrahams head of the NPA over the Sunday Times report relates to the question of whether an arrest is “imminent”. They deny that but Abrahams confirms that he has been given a docket and sent it back for further work and he cannot confirm or deny whether Gordhan is a suspect. In other words, the Hawks, being rather eager to please Zuma and get rid of the Treasury people, may have presented a mishmash of evidence that is not easy to prosecute. NPA cannot work on that. So it is by no means over.
That is not to say that they can successfully prosecute Gordhan or anyone else in relation to the ‘rogue unit’ that never existed. The Sunday Times was fed information about this alleged unit but has in recent times fully recanted on that story and admitted that it was not ethical journalism. The Press Ombud had already found that to be the case. It will be hard to prove that Gordhan or others involved in the SARS at the time acted illegally.
The NPA is engaged in a lot of legal actions that are politically problematic but also unsuccessful. It has been rapped over the knuckles over prosecuting Booysen in KZN under Nomgciba Jiba (one of the bases for the bar council moving for her to be disciplined) but now he has been re-charged with substantially the same charges as before, under Abrahams.
This is part of a broader attack on the functioning of law enforcement agencies where they manifest professionalism and integrity. Charges or suspensions against others considered problematic like General Sibiya and Robert McBride have been thrown out or are still being contested. There is hardly an institution where there is optimal functionality, due to the political reasons for removing people.
Adriaan Basson: Interesting but strange piece. She is trying too hard to exonerate Gumede – why? This is not the first time his deals have made headlines. His Telkom tender should have been investigated, but wasn’t. His home affairs tender is still on Thuli Madonsela’s ever-growing pile. Maybe Lebo can give examples of companies/tenders that should be probed, but aren’t.
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Brad Cibane I might have missed the point of the article. It seems to be based on information not shared with readers.
1. Keswa argues, if I am not wrong, that the ANC procures services and then does not pay them. When companies (or persons) claim payment, the ANC uses law enforcement to punish the demanders. This is a serious allegation not supported by anything in the article.
2. Unfortunately, her link to the Sunday Independent is faulty and self-cites. I do think she muddles one point. She seems to suggest that business people engage in criminal activities and are protected by the ANC. When they fall out of favor, they lose the protection. I don’t get the sense in this point. First, why won’t the accuseds expose the ANC. And, secondly, why engage in criminal activities in the first place?
3. The by-the-by point about procurement panels being incompetent is a non-starter. Panels decide based on documents placed before them. Keswa says “so what,” which I find puzzling!
My biggest point, I think, is that Keswa seems to have information that she is not sharing with the rest of us. She seems to be highlighting a serious problem but the Gumede case is woefully inadequate.