Madonsela said she is not for or against cadre deployment.
“What I’m saying is that state capture was about the family of [former] president Zuma having gone into business with the Gupta family, and the power given to Zuma by the people of SA being hijacked and repurposed to advance the business interest of these two families,” said Madonsela.
This week, DA federal council chairperson Helen Zille sparked debate with comments comparing the apartheid government and the ANC.
Weighing in on the role of the Broederbond during apartheid and a claim the ANC’s policies are similar to those of the National Party (NP), Zille said there were differences.
“There is one interesting difference. The old NP ‘cadre deployment’ usually managed to build strong state-owned entities, a capable state, and led to significant industrialisation and economic growth. Quite the opposite under the ANC,” she said.
Zille’s statement drew mixed reactions, with some saying the DA has its own cadre deployment policy.
She later said: “All cadre deployment is wrong. In extreme cases, it results in a collapsed state, such as we have now.”