Former energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: BUSINESS DAY
Former energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: BUSINESS DAY

The saga of the illegal sale of SA’s strategic fuel stocks ("State May Lose More on Illegal Fuel Sale, March 13) suggests that we are a long way off seeing prosecutions for crimes perpetrated by senior ANC officials during the Zuma administration.

There is prima facie evidence that the transaction proceeded without the requisite authorisations and at a price well below the true value of the stockpile. The so-called forensic investigators have failed to complete their report, claiming that they could not find the three people central to determining what happened — the minister of energy at the time, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, and her two accomplices.

Everything about this reeks of criminality and it doesn’t require a report from the Zondo commission to bring the matter to court. Shamila Batohi, the new national director of public prosecutions, has her hands full at the moment, but there’s no excuse for any further delay in hanging this lot out to dry.

Proving that what they sold was essentially stolen property would also enable the government to reverse the transaction and keep the payment as “proceeds of crime”. This would send a clear message to everyone who has been dipping into the state’s coffers, and to an electorate which is rightly cynical about the ANC’s promises to clean its house.

Michael Fridjhon