- Addressing Parliament on Thursday Natasha Mazzone, Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, gave a patriotic and revolutionary speech with regards to her portfolio's report into state capture at Eskom
- She revealed that a witness had said they had not reported transgressions because the rot went “ all the way to the top”
- Mazzone heralded in a new dawn and said that South Africa had finally begun to emerge from the dark cloud of state capture
“It’s a good day to be South African,” declared Natasha Mazzone as she addressed a packed gathering of Parliament yesterday. Natasha( a DA representative), as well as the country, may just have a reason to be festive this year: her portfolio committee has finalised their report on state capture at power giant Eskom.
When this behemoth collection of evidence has been submitted to the State Capture Inquiry it will finally bring about justice against Anoj Singh, Brian Molefe and the infamous Gupta family.
A labour of love which took almost a year to compile saw Mazzone and her team conducting endless public hearings and putting in countless hours to prove Eskom had been the starting point for state capture. From her speech at Parliament, it became clear how much this meant to the people involved.
Natasha Mazzone had every reason to celebrate as she declared that, at last, the country had escaped the dark cloud and “ parasitical monster” of state capture. She heralded in a new dawn for the country, one we so desperately needed.
Recalling an interview with one of the numerous witnesses Mazzone revealed why the rot had gotten as far as it has:
“In one piece of testimony, I asked a witness, ‘Why didn’t you report what was happening when you realised that something was wrong?’ The answer, quite simply, was: ‘Who do you report it too when it goes straight up to the very top?'”
Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises Mazzone compared the engineers of state capture to a mafia gang. However, not all of the gangsters could maintain their silence for long.
“I began to realise why the Mafia have a code of silence known as Omerta: You never talk out and you never give away your secrets. Like most bullies and parasites, once you have them in a corner, they quickly buckle under pressure as they possess no real courage. They all depend on one another to keep safe. It took one parasite to break Omerta, and the flood gates opened.”
The labours of the portfolio committee will see the likes of Duduzane Zuma and Malusi Gigaba dragged before the Zondo commission. Brian Molefe has even been given a new tongue-in-cheek nickname:
“We recommend that a number of people are called to testify before the Zondo Commission including Mr Brian “Cry me a river” Molefe, Dr Ben Ngubane, Mr Anoj Singh, ex Minster Lynne Brown and ex Minister Malusi Gigaba to name a few. Dirty hands were also all over Denel, Transnet, Alexkor and many other State Owned Entities.”
Natasha Mazzone chalked all of the committee's determination up to one emotion: Pride. She thanked Advocate Vanara, who had been in charge of drafting the report, for his invaluable input on the project.
She brought Parliament to its feet with a desperately needed patriotic statement in these dire times:
“It’s that proudly South African feeling that makes you want to hug someone when you’re overseas, and hear someone say “Ettarra” or “sharp sharp” or “Howzit!” It’s that feeling that tells us we are stronger, better and undefeatable when we’re together. It’s a flame that burns inside us that tells us that no matter how hard they try to divide us, we will remain united.”
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