'We've nearly reproduced past that we inherited from apartheid at policy level'

Themba Godi says in 2019 the current government will wake up to the realisation that South Africans will no longer vote based on history.

FILE: Scopa chairperson Themba Godi. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Chairperson of Parliament's standing committee on public accounts Themba Godi says the country's anger towards corruption and ill-governance will translate in the 2019 elections.

Godi was discussing the progress of the National Development Plan alongside former Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene at the 20th Southern African Internal Audit Conference in Sandton.

He says in 2019 the current government will wake up to the realisation that South Africans will no longer vote based on history.

“People have come to realise that corruption actually cost them the better life and that promised freedom.”

He says it would be wrong to think the removal of the Gupta family from the country and state affairs would be the ultimate remedy.

“We have issues with particular individuals but there are also fundamental issues with the policy trajectory of the country. We have nearly reproduced the past that we inherited from apartheid at the policy level.”

Godi says while certain individuals such as the Guptas family and the President Jacob Zuma may be part of the problem the core issue is policy and not personalities.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)