Sikonathi Mantshantsha Deputy editor: Financial Mail

First published in February 2017.

Brian Molefe. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
Brian Molefe. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

That Brian Molefe has not yet declined his nomination to be a member of parliament shows how far the ANC has descended into the nasty, dark drain of lawlessness from which it may never again emerge.

The party, led by Nelson Mandela into the hallowed halls of the most important and sacred of our democratic institutions, seems to now only prefer the least honourable among our society to represent it. The rule of law, and common decency, can go to hell.

The soul-searching that the party of Oliver Tambo promised after its not-unexpected defeat in the metropolitan areas in the local government election last year has turned out to not even be a damp squib. Instead it is a big middle finger being shown to its most optimistic supporters.

Those who still nursed the hope that the party would regain the glory and lofty ideals that carried it through the most dangerous of times for the 80 years to democratic rule now know that this is never going to happen.

His imminent ascension to parliament shows his ego and greed are beyond redemption.

Instead, it is abundantly clear that the thieves are in charge. The progressives and law-abiding citizens in the ruling party are equally guilty of bringing the nation to this precarious state of affairs.

They have had numerous opportunities when they could have rescued the party and government from their corrupt comrades. Instead they sat back and let the hyenas gorge on an industrial scale.

They have now become even more arrogant, confident and ambitious. Now the greed and hunger for total control displayed by the party chiefs knows no bounds. They will ram the nuclear deal through, with or without the necessary funding.

In Brian Molefe we have a man who admitted, only three months ago, that his image needed a lot of scrubbing before he could make an appearance or occupy any ranks of civilised society again.

Thus he left Eskom, after the public protector’s damning allegations linked him to such unsavoury and morally challenged characters as the Guptas. Where Molefe goes, the Guptas follow, with their claws at the ready to swoop on taxpayers’ money. The coffers at Transnet and Eskom are all millions of rand lighter because of this.

The Guptas will probably never get a more useful puppet. His imminent ascension to parliament shows his ego and greed are beyond redemption.

In November, a tearful Molefe promised those who may still have been naive enough to give him the benefit of the doubt that he’d fight to clear his name of the allegations of corruption levelled against him by no less an upright institution than the public protector.

Okay, I’ll rephrase that: by the highly regarded Thuli Madonsela, when she still occupied that important chapter nine instrument of accountability.

Parliament will now be Molefe’s next platform, where he will dance to his Saxonwold masters’ tune. Only, you can bet his arrogance will never allow him to sit on the back benches. It seems more likely that he would only have agreed to take up the seat if it clears his path to the treasures in the finance ministry.

What makes him even more dangerous is that Molefe knows how the system works.

A deeply talented man, he has sadly allowed his rare genius and skill to be used to breathe life into the plans of his ill-chosen friends.

Many may regard Adolf Hitler and Hendrik Verwoerd as having been brilliant men, skilful leaders and tacticians, and argue that they would have hugely benefited their respective peoples had they worked for the good of humanity, instead of its destruction.

Jacob Zuma and Molefe fit perfectly in this group of evil-doers. And the whole nation, and the project of black economic emancipation, is the poorer for it.

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