A day rarely passes without the ANC getting mentioned at the commission of inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, yesterday another of its high-profile members in the fifth Parliament, threw the party under the bus in her jaw-breaking testimony.
The former Chairperson of parliament's Eskom inquiry, Zukiswa Rantho has shed some light on what transpired during the fifth parliament when she chaired one of the very important inquiries which unravelled the web of corruption which was taking place at Eskom.
Rantho testified that she received so much scurrillity from some of her fellow ANC MPs, as many expressed their absolute loyalty to the party than actually doing what was principle.
She said, leading up to the decision to institute an inquiry at Eskom, the ANC caucus was split into half some feared that the Inquiry would be an embarrassment to the ANC members as many would be implicated for wrongdoing.
However, she said as factionalised as the portfolio committee on public enterprises was, the faction which was seconded the idea of an inquiry ultimately got its wish. She emphasised the exemplary role which the late minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu played when he was the Chief Whip, as he is said to have been supporting the idea.
"The issue of the inquiry was taken to the caucus of the ANC and discussed. There were members who felt it was not necessary to have the inquiry. They felt members of the ANC would be implicated and that would mean the ANC is divided," Rantho told Chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.
"But as a committee we said we are going to go through with the inquiry. The then chief whip, honourable Jackson Mthembu, assured us to continue even if there were people in the ANC caucus who were opposed to the inquiry," She added.
Rantho, furthermore added that her being a proponent for the inquiry seemingly created enemies, as she would face many forms of intimidation as well as threats to her family, saying her husband would be followed by unknown persons.
"We were living in fear but when I informed National Assembly speaker about intimidations, there was a follow-up by security personnel. There were people that were looking from afar what was happening to my house and to my family," she explained.
After the inquiry ended its course in 2018 and completed the report, what happened next befuddled her, as after the 2019 general elections, Rantho was not nominated on the ANC list of members going to the 6th Parliament.
"After giving the report in 2018, there were elections in 2019 and I was not re-elected to parliament by my own branch and my own region," she continued.
It is very sad that those who try their utmost best to serve the country with diligence and faithfulness become lambs for sacrifice, as ordinary South Africans, we really need people of Rantho's calibre to hold high positions of power.
What do you make of Rantho's revelations?
Leave A Comment, Like & Share
Kindly help us reach 5K Followers by Clicking The FOLLOW Button
Content created and supplied by: OnlineNewzBible (via Opera News )