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Derek Hanekom: Cabinet was aware of allegations of state capture

The former minister says only a commission of inquiry as recommended by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will get to the bottom of state capture.

FILE: Former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG – Former Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says cabinet was aware of allegations of state capture but it was just not aware of the extent of it.

He says those who raised their voices against those allegations have paid with their jobs.

Hanekom was speaking at a Youth Forum convened by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation in Johannesburg discussing state capture.

The former minister says only a commission of inquiry as recommended by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela will get to the bottom of state capture.

He says cabinet members, who include President Jacob Zuma, were aware of the allegations for some time before Madonsela’s report.

“Most of us were quite unaware of the depth and extent of it but we were aware of things and we were raising our voices which is probably why we’re no longer in Parliament.”

Hanekom says the commission of inquiry should be instituted as a matter of urgency, saying South Africans deserve to know the truth.

‘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 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 Leeto M Khoza)