14 June 2017
PREMIER’S RESHUFFLE: ANC IS PROTECTING CORRUPTION
When Premier Sylvia Lucas first reshuffled her cabinet on the eve of the ANC conference, she later justified her decision based on a dossier of corruption that she had allegedly received and subsequently handed over to the Hawks.
She claimed that she was committed to the fight against corruption. It is therefore irrational that the Premier has now given in to party political pressure to rescind her decision and place Mac Jack back at the helm of Provincial Treasury, Finance and Economic Development.
Jack, much like his predecessor John Block, has a dark cloud hanging over his head pending the Hawks investigation into allegations relating to R26 million from the Northern Cape Economic Growth and Development Fund that was used to fund the ANC provincial elective conference. We cannot help but wonder how safe the public purse is under his watch.
According to section 132, subsection 2 of the Constitution, “The Premier of a province appoints the members of the Executive Council, assigns their powers and functions, and may dismiss them”.
The ANC therefore has no power to instruct the Premier on how she should perform her constitutional responsibilities.
The joint opposition is of the strong view that the party politics of the ANC has superseded the constitutionality of the appointment and removal of MEC’s.
At the same time, through its actions, the ANC is saying that the criminal justice system is subordinate to the policies of the ANC.
The opposition questions the integrity of Lucas, who has forfeited her executive power and bowed to pressure of the factional ANC. We challenge her to present us with the case number of the Hawks case that she has referred to.
We can draw only once conclusion from the reshuffle debacle, namely that the ANC is protecting corruption. And no one should question this!