- DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, has lauded a High Court ruling to set aside a recent report by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane
- Mkhwebane’s report, which relates to the corruption behind the Vrede Dairy Project, was deemed unconstitutional and invalid
- Maimane has now called for the arrests of those involved, which allegedly includes ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and former Free State minister of agriculture, Mosebenzi Zwane
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane, reacted with great delight to a ruling by the High Court in Pretoria to set aside a report in relation to the Vrede Dairy Project.
The report was compiled by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and has been deemed to be invalid and unconstitutional.
Maimane hailed the ruling as a victory in the fight against corruption, but has now called for the arrests of those who played a role in the “theft of almost R200 million of public money.”
It’s been alleged that two of the key role-players in the corrupt venture are ANC secretary-general, Ace Magashule, and for Free State minister of agriculture, Mosebenzi Zwane.
The Citizen reported on Maimane’s statement in reaction to the ruling and the role played by the DA in holding those accountable.
Maimane said, “Instead of empowering those who are left out of the economy, over 100 black South Africans were used as a front for a calculated scheme of grand corruption and money laundering to benefit the Guptas and their friends in the ANC. Between the Guptas and the ANC, economic opportunity was stolen from black South Africans.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that the DA initially laid the complaint with the public protector.
However, they then deemed her findings to be questionable as it failed to hold any of the guilty parties accountable.
Maimane also revealed that the DA laid criminal charges in this regard in July 2017, which was then followed up with evidence provided to the Hawks.
The DA leader criticised President Cyril Ramaphosa for not keeping his promise of tackling corruption.
His statement added, “Instead, the chief architects of corruption – like Ace Magashule, Bathabile Dlamini, Nomvula Mokonyane, and Mosebenzi Zwane – remain in charge and occupy ANC benches in parliament.”
Maimane also slammed the public protector and claimed that a large percentage of her budget was wasted on unsuccessful litigation.
Mkhwebane’s report came under fire after it emerged that it failed to hold any of the senior politicians implicated accountable.
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