- Herman Mashaba has announced that his movement is launching private prosecutions to ensure action is taken against the corrupt
- The former Joburg mayor claims hope of justice being handed down for state capture is fading
- Now, the founder of The People's Dialogue has called on SA to help bring the corrupt to court
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Herman Mashaba has revealed The People's Dialogue is taking aim at South Africa's corrupt politicians.
Briefly.co.za reported that the former Joburg mayor had founded his movement after his divorce from the Democratic Alliance.
In a statement released announcing the intention to pursue private prosecutions, Mashaba commented that:
"Corruption is a stain on our country, made worse by the massive need for public money to be directed at communities who continue to suffer 26 years into our democracy. Despite daily revelations arising in the media about the shameless looting of state resources, and damning testimony from the Zondo Commission, we are yet to see any high-profile arrests and prosecutions for corruption. The National Prosecuting Authority is failing us, along with the idea that renewal is taking place within it.."
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South Africans engaging with the platform have highlighted their frustration at the lack of consequences for the politically-connected:
"In the engagements, The People's Dialogue has had with millions of South Africans to date, it is clear that people are angry. They want to see action against corruption. That is why I am announcing that The People's Dialogue will be engaging legal teams to pursue private prosecutions, working with other like-minded organisations committed to rooting out any sign of corruption in our country."
Mashaba said his movement would focus on cases that have been 'sitting with the NPA' and over which no decision-making is taking place:
"We cannot allow the NPA to drag out these decisions indefinitely as a delaying tactic to protect the politically-connected."
The People's Dialogue will also be working with the recently amended Public Audit Act to ensure government officials are taken to task for their role in facilitating corruption carried out by politicians. Mashaba claims that any hope of justice being served has faded, calling on South Africans to help assist this endeavour to take action.
The former mayor claims that the justice system has been 'captured by the political establishment to protect its own':
"The People's Dialogue, working together with the people of South Africa, will achieve the day where corrupt politicians live in fear in our country because they know they are going to prison."
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