- A top treasury official has revealed that under Jacob Zuma it was nearly impossible to report on corruption
- Those that did were removed from the Treasury Department
- He remarked that it was highly irregular that Jacob Zuma did not act on any of the allegations of state capture which essentially undermined his powers as state president
When Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as president of South Africa a weight was lifted off the shoulders of the Treasury Department.
Ismail Momoniat, head of tax and financial sector policy at National Treasury revealed some shocking facts.
“In our country, it’s been extremely frustrating in the Treasury… you would get fired if you acted. There’s reports on the Vrede dairy farm, there’s reports on Tegeta, yet you couldn’t act, because the man at the top didn’t want you to act and would fire people," he said.
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Briefly.co.za confirmed that he said that it was no coincidence that the Hawks acted on the Guptas the same week that Jacob Zuma resigned as president. He likened the difficulty for those trying act against corruption from within the government to those who were powerless to fight against apartheid from with the system according to fin24.com.
Momoniat recalled when deputy minister Jonas was allegedly offered a position as finance minster by the Guptas and that it didn't seem to bother Jacob Zuma that a private individual was undermining his authority.
He believed that the current system punished the innocent while instead those who fail to act on wrongdoing should be fired.
Momoniat said that the rampant corruption within Eskom and Transnet was shocking and he was happy that Ramaphosa had addressed the issue in his address.
He even took a jab at his boss, Malusi Gigaba, saying that if he didn't have a bank account in his name in Dubai he must give Treasury the authority to investigate and prove his innocence.
Dubai is one of the few countries which makes it difficult for the Treasury to obtain information. Agreements exist with other countries that make such invesitgations much easier.
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