Ruling party is perpetual target in corruption reports but journalists fail to disclose accomplices writes Fati Moalusi
The media, to be precise mainstream media is hell bent on destroying the ANC. Breaking news is either ANC or ANC related, investigative expose’ are either ANC or ANC associated, and opinion pieces are also not spared the doldrums.
The ANC is the perpetual target in their natural vehemence to disseminate political dirt, not that I’m fond of the ANC but I feel cheated by the lack of courtesy to be told who the ANC is romancing under the sheets of corruption.
After all it takes two to tango and if ANC is indeed corrupt then who is it in cahoots with. Perhaps the other half of the tale is untold because of media’s intermingled interests with mysterious personalities who are in cahoots with the ANC and we are not aware of it.
What other reasonable explanation could explain such dereliction of duty? After all President Cyril Ramaphosa hinted too many times the ANC is not alone in the scourge of corruption.
Recently in a publicised open letter he proclaimed the ANC to be an accused number 1 in South Africa’s corruption. Understandably uproar surfaced within his organisation questioning his allegiance to the party he leads; rationale for the uproar being that a leader shouldn’t speak foul of the organisation he leads.
What I found more peculiar in the President’s attempt to paint the ANC as a corrupt organisation is not what some ANC members found unpalatable. I find his willingness to slander his organization’s name while protecting the names of the co-accused from slander.
Maybe if the President had the guts to tell us who the co-accused was we would have discovered that in fact the co-accused qualifies to be the number one accused.
It’s likely that those in cahoots with the ANC have been in the game far longer than the ANC. The networks used to siphon the funds are sophisticated and most likely predate the ANC’s involvement in corruption.
To vindicate my assertions that the media is only acting blind to the reality that the ANC is not alone in corruption further, President Ramaphosa hinted on other suspects involved in mass looting of tax payer’s funds in a keynote address at the Financial Times conference in London.
He said he was aware that one trillion of South Africans taxpayers funds have been siphoned out of South Africa through sophisticated channels by characters he fell short of revealing. But nevertheless, profiled them as blue-chip companies of great world reputations.
To this day the media is disinterested in unmasking these mass looters whose profile does not fit that of the ANC cadres. Unmasking these individuals would probably be counter stratagem since the aim is to coerce the audience to a single desired choice of removing the ANC from power.
Whether the aim of the stratagem is legitimate or not depends on who you ask and for this reason the media should be objective on corruption. If media reports are anything to go by, the mass exodus of taxpayers’ money linked to the Gupta brothers hovers around R6 billion.
This amount is miniscule in comparison to the trillion the President alluded to. It’s almost certain the President could have cooked up such a story, plus the media has no reason not to trust the President.
After all it introduced him as a man of integrity when he ascended to the Presidency of South Africa.
While mainstream media has focused its energies on the Jacob Zuma and Gupta brothers’ saga in recent years, one wonders why such attention has not been focused on other even bigger cases of graft that’s cripple the SA economy.
The rand-dollar exchange market graft between 2007 and 2013 involving South African banks, and the biggest case of corporate fraud in South African history committed by Steinhoff surely must have caused waves that makes mockery of the ripple effect from the Guptas shenanigans.
The magnitude of the rand-dollar exchange graft and the Steinhoff graft, plus their proximity to foreign investment cannot escape responsibility to the drought in foreign investment and the sinking of South Africa’s economy.
What is clear to the eyes and ears is that a R6 billion graft should shoulder less blame for sinking of the economy as opposed to the R1 trillion graft.
But to the view of mainstream media the R1 trillion looting is less imposing and it doesn’t warrant further investigations.
My earlier suggestion that viewing the world through the eyes of the media will not be of much profit to our course, finds some vindication in blatant disregard for newsworthy scoops like the one the President had given.
At the same it finds solace in the fact that social media and the internet has given us eyes and ears mainstream is denying us these days. Corruption is an unjust means of accumulation, but it’s more unjust when it’s used to pull wool over our eyes by those who seek to capture our minds and mesmerize us into not seeing the real face of corruption.
The true face of corruption is those who continuously profited from injustices of colonisation, apartheid and are now profiting from caressing the ANC.
Fati Moalusi is an independent writer and commentator.