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Fast to Reclaim Parliament

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

Remove Sfiso Buthelezi and All Corrupt MPs, Implement Zondo Recommendations.

#UniteBehind, Zackie2024, and Movement for Change and Social Justice call on corrupt MPs to be removed from public office and for the recommendation of the Zondo Commission to be implemented.

Corruption Fuels Hunger Millions in our country and worldwide, go hungry every day, including members of our movements, campaigns, and organisations, along with their families. Corruption, fraud, mismanagement, and maladministration have decimated entities like PRASA, Eskom, Transnet, and government departments at all levels. leading to increased unemployment, inequality, and hunger.

Corruption and greed costs lives, increases unemployment and inequality; steals food from hungry bellies.

But we're resolute: hunger won't deter us from reclaiming Parliament and fixing the State.

#UniteBehind, Zackie2024, and Movement for Change and Social Justice (MCSJ) call on you to join our three-day fast outside Parliament on from 20 to 22 Sept 2023.

We take this action because we are hungering for justice. Parliament can no longer be trusted. Former Presidents Thabo Mbeki, the criminally convicted Jacob Zuma, and the current President Cyril Ramaphosa have all promoted and protected corrupt Ministers and MPs.

Sfiso Buthelezi, Robben Island Museum and PRASA Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of Sfiso Buthelezi who is a senior MP and the current Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Appropriations and responsible for budget allocation.

Buthelezi, former PRASA Board Chair, orchestrated state capture at this State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) through dodgy procurement deals, conflict of interest, nepotism and improper profiting, leaving millions without reliable, affordable commuter rail services.

This is not the first entity he systematically gutted for his own profit. Despite being a former political prisoner himself, Buthelezi engineered the blueprint for state capture and corruption during his tenure as at the Robben Island Museum.

Buthelezi succeeded in paralysing the Robben Island Museum, a symbol of resistance to slavery, colonialism and apartheid, when his ferry company, Autshumatu (Pty) Ltd broke their contract and demanded millions for an inefficient, unaffordable and unreliable ferry service. The capture of the Robben Island Museum Board, management and the deployment of corrupt employees became the blue print for his time at PRASA.

Why We Must Act The Auditor-General, former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, National Treasury, Werksmans Attorneys, the Courts, the Hawks and Chief Justice Zondo exposed the role of Buthelezi and the boards he led, in state capture at PRASA. They recommended that he, along with other members of parliament must be investigated and charged for their corruption at PRASA.

Charges were also laid against Buthelezi and his gang with the Hawks and the National Prosecution Authority. #UniteBehind filed complaints with Parliament’s Ethics Committee against Buthelezi and five other MPs responsible for PRASA’s demise, as identified by the State Capture Commission of Inquiry. However, Parliament has failed to act on five of the six complaints. Instead of Parliament calling Buthelezi to account, he has remained Chair of the Standing Committee on Appropriations. #UniteBehind is in court against Parliament and the Ethics Committee for secretly protecting corrupt former Ministers and MPs.

Buthelezi remains protected by the ANC, by Parliament, the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority. His face and name is a symbol of the corruption we won’t tolerate, and the accountability we demand.

The Zondo Commission

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector and Organs of State Commission made structural recommendations to create an open, responsive and accountable Parliament that puts the needs of the people first by holding the President, Cabinet Ministers and the state accountable.

Chief Justice Zondo recommended that Parliamentary committees’ resources be increased, and an Oversight Advisory section be created. Further, the recommended that Parliament play a central role in appointing Boards of SOEs, such as PRASA. Parliament has not implemented these and other crucial recommendations.

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