Opinion

Dirty politics are behind the public protector's attempt to have me fired

The renewal project under Cyril Ramaphosa is being fiercely resisted by rogues intent on continuing to loot, the minister tells the court in an affidavit

14 July 2019 - 00:07 By PRAVIN GORDHAN

The past decade has been characterised by the paralysis of law enforcement agencies to act against corruption, the looting of state coffers, the catastrophic dismantling of the revenue collection and enforcement capability at the South African Revenue Service (Sars), and rise of a parallel security state targeting political opponents of the state-capture project. Each of these aspects of state capture and the political context is relevant to understanding the need for this review application.

[One aspect is] the renewal and building of state institutions - whether law enforcement agencies, the State Security Agency, Sars or other public enterprises - since the election of President Cyril Ramaphosa, and my specific mandate to restore good governance and leadership, and root out corruption within our state-owned companies and all efforts that seek to halt and reverse state capture...

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