Helen Zille has claimed that the seeds of state capture were sown during Nelson Mandela's rule. The Western Cape Premier claims that the late struggle icon had turned a blind eye on cadre deployment, which she maintains helped set the scene for the current situation.
Helen Zille is adamant that state capture in South Africa had far deeper roots than what is currently assumed.
During a meeting in Gauteng last night the Western Cape Premier claimed that Nelson Mandela had allowed questionable characters into the ANC, paving the way for corruption.
According to The Sowetan, Zille claimed that allowing the ruling party to choose senior government officials was the basis of what she referred to as 'cadre deployment', which had led to state capture:
"One area that he [Mandela] had a blind spot to was the danger of cadre deployment ... that set the tone and the trajectory that was inevitable‚"
The Premier says that her view on this topic has seen her labeled as a racist who fought change, but those who used those labels paled in comparison to her when it had come to fighting apartheid.
Zille marked the questionable individuals on the ANC's Parliamentary list as an indication that Cyril Ramaphosa had lost an internal battle to David Mabuza and Ace Magashule.
According to the Premier, the ruling party no longer saw a difference between themselves and the state. This had resulted in a system where the party chose who got tenders.
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