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‘State capture inquiry should be established as matter of urgency’

Derek Hanekom says those concerned about state capture were removed during a midnight Cabinet reshuffle earlier this year.

FILE: Former tourism minister Derek Hanekom. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Derek Hanekom, the head of the African National Congress (ANC)’s disciplinary committee, says a judicial inquiry into state capture should be established as a matter of urgency.

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommended in her State of Capture report that the president appoints a commission to probe the Gupta family's alleged influence on Cabinet appointments and state-owned entities.

Hanekom was speaking at an event hosted by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation in Johannesburg.

Hanekom says those concerned about state capture were removed during a midnight Cabinet reshuffle earlier this year.

“It comes after the state capture report. Is anything done about it? No.”

He says President Jacob Zuma should’ve at least came out and condemned his son, Edward when he allegedly called him a vile dog.

When asked about the letter the ANC asked him to sign stating why he should not be sacked as the head of the disciplinary committee.

Hanekom responded by saying he’ll address the question in due course.

‘I WILL CONTINUE TO OPPOSE STATE CAPTURE’

Hanekom says he will continue to speak out against state capture even though the party is taking steps against him over something he tweeted.

Hanekom adds no level of threats will deter him from speaking out against state capture and corruption.

“I will continue to oppose it because we have an obligation to, not only in the ANC.”

He says young South Africans have the future of the country on their hands and should do something about it.

“Just mobile… what about a much more effective and powerful youth movement.”

Hanekom joked the crowd and asked them to imagine him as a president, saying he would’ve brought back Mcebisi Jonas and Pravin Gordhan.

He’s urged branches to nominate credible leadership ahead of the ANC December elective conference.

EDWARD ZUMA’S RACE-BAITING STATEMENTS

In an open letter, Zuma’s son referred to former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as “a stooge of white monopoly capital”.

He also described former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom as an "Afrikaner askari".

His race-baiting statements have been described by the Human Rights Commission as disturbing and offensive.

ANC national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says members should not be attacking one another through the media.

ANC CONDEMNED FOR THREATENING TO AXE HANEKOM

The ANC has been roundly condemned for threatening to axe Hanekom from his position as head of the party’s national disciplinary committee.

The organisation’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe wrote to the former Tourism Minister asking him to motivate why he should not be booted from the job.

Hanekom has been an outspoken critic of President Zuma.

He had also called for ANC MPs to vote with their conscience against Zuma in a recent motion of no confidence.

The ANC’s tripartite alliance partners are seething, yet again. Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)’s slammed the governing party for targeting individuals who are speaking out against corruption.

Cosatu has repeatedly criticised the party and wants Zuma out.

Additional reporting by Stephen Grootes and Ziyanda Ngcobo.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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