You only have to follow the money trace to determine how much the minister of mineral resources allowed his department to be taken over by state capturers, says Adv. Anton Alberts, the Freedom Front Plus‘s parliamentary spokesperson on mineral resources.
Adv. Alberts said, with the budget debate for the department, nothing had improved in the department since the minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, was appointed.
“We still hear about transformation, now called radical economic transformation, but it’s actually just code for intensifying asset extinction for the benefit of a few selective individuals while most people in the country are still starving.
“What we are aware of is the minister’s visit to Glencore‘s chief in Switzerland to persuade him to sell their Optimum mine to the Gupta controlled Tegeta Exploration and Recources.
“Then Mr. Brian Molefe made this transaction possible through a highly irregular advance payment to Tegeta for coal still to be delivered by Optimum.
“The minister did not want to say to a parliamentary question from the FF Plus what persons outside government circles went with him to Switzerland although he admitted someone did accompany him and one could only guess the identity of the person. The FF Plus will continue to scratch until the truth is revealed.
“The false allegation of the minister that banks that have closed accounts of the Gupta family will be investigated is also significant. This fit perfectly into the events surrounding his interference in the purchase of Optimum by Tegeta.
“The Gupta signals are becoming clearer and one can begin to connect the dots for the unfolding of a worrying image: one of state capture in general and captive ministers in particular.
“One can only wonder what’s next. Fortunately, we already know where to look: Follow the traces of nuclear power stations, coal supply to Eskom, mining licenses in protected areas, and where the money track generally runs.
“However, the wheel turns. In the short term, individuals will benefit from this corruption, but eventually it will be unsustainable and that selfishness will become part of the rubbish bins of history as people rise and vote for the opposition in 2019, “Adv said. Alberts.