David Mabuza Vows To Rid SOE’s Of Corruption

Deputy President David Mabuza responding to oral questions in the National Assembly, Parliament, Cape Town. PICTURE: Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

CAPE TOWN: Deputy President David Mabuza says it’s completely unacceptable that State-owned entities have fallen prey to criminal activities.

Speaking during his first question and answer session before the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Wednesday, Mabuza says government has noted that corruption in general is a cancer that “we must not allow to grow”.

Mabuza said SOEs are central to advancing national objectives through providing economic and social infrastructure to the people.

The former Mpumalanga Premier further stated that institutions such as the public service commissions should continue to play the role of oversight in cases of compliance, accountability and any breaches of such.

“We are putting in place mechanisms to detect and fight all forms of corruption. We want to uproot corruption from our ranks be it in the form of a traffic officer on the road or a teller at Home Affairs.

“We have decided not to talk about corruption, not to complain about corruption. We have decided to act against corruption,” Mabuza said. 

Mabuza’s comments come at the time state-owned entities such as Eskom, South African Broadcasting Corporations (SABC)  and South African Airways (SAA) are attempting to come out of financial and administration woes.

Eskom, in particular, is currently being investigated by Parliament’s Public Enterprise portfolio committee for allegations of state capture involving former President Jacob Zuma’s friends, the Guptas and son, Duduzane Zuma. 

The findings were published by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her state capture’s report, which found that some Eskom executives allegedly enabled the undue influence of state owned entities by the controversial Gupta family and Zuma’s son. 

Meanwhile, former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni is alleged to have, along with Zuma interfered in the operations of Eskom, these allegations were tabled by former Eskom board chairperson Zola Tsoti during the parliamentary inquiry.

A commission of inquiry into state capture is expected to go underway, following a recommendation by Madonsela, for a probe to be established. She said Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng should appoint a judge as Zuma was conflicted.

Zuma announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who will preside over the inquiry, which is set to resume shortly after he announced his team earlier this month.