EDITORIAL | Cyril, to distinguish yourself from Zuma you must act
The president has committed himself to rooting out corruption, yet a number of ‘tainted’ individuals remain in cabinet
State security minister Ayanda Dlodlo tried, thankfully in vain, to stop her acting director-general, Loyiso Jafta, from testifying at the state capture commission yesterday. What followed almost numbed us.
Instead of protecting the nation, our intelligence officers spent inordinate amounts of time concocting, to use Jafta’s language, “fictitious projects” to enrich themselves. “And they did enrich themselves,” Jafta told deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, who chairs the commission.
In periods leading to elections, projects were created and funded to enhance the political fortunes of the ANC. Another project was created to influence the judiciary in favour of former president Jacob Zuma, for which millions of taxpayers’ funds were spent. Millions were also spent on pay television network CNBC Africa and news syndication service African News Agency (ANA) to influence the media to give Zuma favourable coverage. ..