Inside every living cell is the key to life, the template. This is the DNA and it defines all the characteristics of the organism in which it is embedded. It is surprisingly simple in concept. It consists of two helical antiparallel strands, each of which have a sequence of bases namely T, A, C and G. The two helices are intertwined and crosslinked but only T can link to A and C can link to G. This unique structure can be unzipped and replicated to form two new DNA molecules and, in that way, the complete organism is built up.
This has many parallels to the situation we find ourselves in this blighted country. Inside all official organisations beats the throbbing heart of the corruption wrought by the 29 years that this country has been infected by a mutant DNA strain. It now defines society and underpins all processes that involve the public sector. At the centre of this lies the ANC and I can state without fear of litigation that the ANC is a corrupt organisation. A stark and relevant example is the case of the construction of Kusile and Medupi power stations where Hitachi Power Africa won the contract to supply the boilers and associated equipment with a flawed design. Their 25% BEE partner, which provided no project finances, technical help or management expertise, was none other than Chancellor House, the investment arm of the ANC. It has been left to the American courts via ligation by the SEC to find Hitachi guilty of a corrupt relationship.
All this was summed up in Cyril’s letter to the country in August 2020 in which he expressed his shock yet again when he made this unusually frank admission: Today, the ANC and its leaders stand accused of corruption. The ANC may not stand alone in the dock, but it does stand as accused number one. Perhaps the ANC’s constitution should have an extra clause paralleling that of the US constitution: The cadres are endowed with unalienable rights that among these are the right to strike, assassinate, make ungovernable and the pursuit of criminality.
Apart from Quattro, the ANC sold the myth that it was a noble liberal movement, but when unleashed on the riches of South Africa, it soon showed its true colours. The first was Tony Yengeni who received a heavily discounted Merc during the Arms Deal years. This was followed in short order by the Travelgate scandal in the early 2000s during which a huge number of ANC MPs defrauded the country with false travel claims in cahoots with a travel agency. Chief amongst these was Bathabile Dlamini who enriched herself to the tune of R245,000 (about R1 million today). That did not stop her rise to a Ministerial position. The Zondo Commission showed just how venal the cadres had become dispensing suspicious tenders and receiving large cash rewards. Most recently we have de Ruyter who implicated two senior ANC figures as being part of the bunch of criminal networks that are sucking Eskom dry.
With the patronage and criminal networks reaching nearly saturation point in the public sector, this ‘acceptable’ behaviour has become the warp and weft of our country as it spills over into the private sector. The latest is the construction mafia which muscles in on any large construction operation, demanding their ‘BEE’ cut.
We have become a criminal state with the ANC and its cadres at its core. Now that it is so deeply embedded with everyone having the skinny on everyone else and with the fear of assassination that no one dares break ranks. It will take generations to eradicate, if ever.