29 August, 2014

Outrage over letter to the president
By Aviwe Mtila
Thuli Madonselas’ letter to president Jacob Zuma has caused a stir in the National Assembly and the nation at large.
In her letter, Madonsela takes issues with president Zuma’s response and his failure to respond adequately to her report on the Nkandla upgrades.
What is really saddening is how prominent members of the African National Congress (ANC) are outraged by the letter to the president and have attacked Madonsela.
Stone Sizani, ANCs’ chief whip in parliament, noted with “disappointment” Madonselas’ letter, while Gwede Mantashe, ANC secretary general, rambled on about there being a “tight coordination”, instead of dealing with the real issue at hand.
Have our leaders become so ruthless and transparent in their corrupt ways that they don’t even show remorse in the mismanagement of taxpayers’ money? Isn’t attacking a person who defends the improper use of tax in a democratic country, in effect, an attack on democracy itself?
In the letter to the president, Thuli Madonsela stated that the procurement process was improper, in violation of the prescribed Supply Chain Management policy framework and resulted in unduly, excessive amounts of public money being spent unnecessarily.
Instead of acknowledging and rectifying the issue at hand, our leaders, in the form of the ANC, have opted to draw attention on the Economic Freedom Front (EFF), urging for action to be taken against the party for their conduct at the National Assembly.

While greed and self-enrichment seems to be the order of the day in our current leaders, it is clear that something needs to be done to change the situation in our country.

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