Opinion | Sold for 30 pieces of silver


OPINION:


Sawubona Mongameli His Excellency Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa. Sorry, I didn’t finish reading the ANC local government manifesto. Instead, I got caught up with the bulky Special Investigative Unit (SIU) report into the Digital Vibes scandal and the shenanigans of former Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize.

The SIU report has caused me consternation. My stomach is tied in knots. I doubt I will be able to go back and finish reading the “re-warmed” election manifesto. I need space to breathe and recover from the shock that we live among hoodlums clothed in suits, with fancy university degrees but with zero dignity.

The more I attempt to inhale the future (New Dawn), I exhale the stench of the past, “nine lost years”. I can’t recover from the lies we were told that crime and corruption don’t pay.

The more I attempt to inhale the future (New Dawn), I exhale the stench of the past, “nine lost years”. I can’t recover from the lies we were told that crime and corruption don’t pay.

Bhekisisa Mncube

It is instructive that the report was submitted to you, Mr President, on June 30. You sat on this report for a full 90 days, ostensibly after sending third-party notices to all people and entities referred to in the report so they would have an opportunity to object to its publication or part thereof.

Bollocks. As taxpayers, we were treated like mushrooms kept in the dark and feed on manure, if not BS.

In other words, the “fraudsters” named in the SIU report are more important than us, the paying masters. These people are implicated in the theft of a whopping R150 million, of which we derived zero public benefits.

The SIU found that R80 million of this money was allegedly further looted from the Digital Vibes bank account to serve the interests of its proxy owners.

According to the SIU analysis of bank accounts, several electronic transfers of funds and cash payments (via plastic bags) were made to the minister’s friends and family.

According to the SIU report, a payment of R6 720 was made for repairs at Mkhize’s property. Just like that, and for 30 pieces of silver, the “New Dawn” was stolen and flushed down the pit latrine toilet. Sadly, the SIU ordered you to take executive action against the former Health minister. Instead, you dillydallied in your spineless fashion and allowed him to resign. This despite the damning SIU finding: “It is astonishing that the Minister (of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize) thereafter, contrary to the Cabinet Memorandum, allowed Digital Vibes to be appointed by the national Department of Health in respect of the NHI media campaign.”

To save your diminishing credibility as a lone graft fighter, my advice to you, Mr Thuma Mina, is to rescind the acceptance of Mkhize’s resignation. Instead, invite him to Mahlamba Ndlopfu for tea, and fire him after a public dressing-down about his failure to abide by the cabinet decision not to outsource communications functions for both the National Health Insurance (NHI) and Covid-19.

To save your diminishing credibility as a lone graft fighter, my advice to you, Mr Thuma Mina, is to rescind the acceptance of Mkhize’s resignation. Instead, invite him to Mahlamba Ndlopfu for tea, and fire him after a public dressing-down about his failure to abide by the cabinet decision not to outsource communications functions for both the National Health Insurance (NHI) and Covid-19.

Bhekisisa Mncube

Then, after your presidential speech, the members of the elite crime-fighting unit, the Hawks, must, on live telly, handcuff and arrest him for corruption, as the SIU alleges that he received gratuitous payments or caused the same to be awarded to his friends and family.

Health Department deputy director-general Dr Anban Pillay, director-general Dr Sandile Buthelezi and departmental chief financial officer Ian van der Merwe should be in the same room having tea. They all allegedly participated in the fraudulent appointment/extension of the Digital Vibes deal without due process. We need them behind bars, pronto, if we are still to believe in the “New Dawn”. It is astonishing that 90 days after the SIU report, both alleged ringleaders (Tahera Mather and Naadhira Mitha) of the generally corrupt Digital Vibes deal are still walking the streets without a judicial leash. Both are cited in the report as close associates of the former minister, and controlled the company, although they were not listed as directors. In fact, Mr President, it can be argued that in delaying the implementation of concomitant actions over the Digital Vibes scandal, you deliberately ignored your oath of office.

It requires you “to promote all that will advance the Republic, and oppose all that may harm it”.

There is no doubt that theft of this magnitude harms the interests of the residents of this country.

Thus, we look up to you as the quintessential commander of the state’s affairs to shepherd us from the wolf in sheep’s clothing and lead us to the Promised Land.

It requires you “to promote all that will advance the Republic, and oppose all that may harm it”. There is no doubt that theft of this magnitude harms the interests of the residents of this country. Thus, we look up to you as the quintessential commander of the state’s affairs to shepherd us from the wolf in sheep’s clothing and lead us to the Promised Land.

Bhekisisa Mncube

It is inexplicable why nobody has been arrested as you read this.

Till next week, my man.

“Send me nowhere. I quit.”

• Bhekisisa Mncube is a former senior Witness political journalist, the 2020 regional winner in the Opinion category of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award, and author of The Love Diary of a Zulu Boy, a memoir.

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