The New York Times has reported that anti-corruption whistleblowers are being targeted by hit men from the ANC.
According to the report political assassinations in South Africa are no longer about disputes between rival political parties, but mostly occur between rivals within the ANC “in an all-or-nothing fight over money, turf and power”.
Since 2016, 90 politicians have been murdered within the ANC, more than double the number for the 16 years before that. 80 of these were in KwaZulu Natal.
Thabiso Zulu, who went public last year over the murder of Sindiso Magaqa and corruption within KwaZulu Natal, explained to the paper that the ANC operate like the cosa nostra, and that, ““We broke the rule of omertà.”
According to the Mail and Guardian Zulu called for state protection for himself and Les Sutha, another whistleblower.
Shuta had claimed that Magaqa was on the edge of revealing corruption relating to Umzimkhulu Local Municipality’s city hall according to IOL.
The public protector asked the state to assess the threat to their lives, and the State Security Agency found that he needed it urgently.
The two were being followed, and were at risk, however that security hasn’t been provided.
“It is as if they have passed the stage of wanting to provide me with protection and are waiting for me to be killed.” Zulu said at the time.
Bheki Cele has rejected these calls for protection, according to Polity, and is calling for a review of the Public Protector’s report.
According to the New York Times report, Mluleki Ndobe, the mayor of the town where Magaqa was murdered said things were better before democracy because at least then you know who the enemy was.
How can the ANC run a prosperous country if it cannot even stop murder within its own ranks?
I focus heavily here on the case of Magaqa because it illustrates exactly how the ANC operates on these cases of corruption, the New York Times mentions several other examples, but it follows a similar pattern.
We often think that corruption within our government is a simple matter of selfishness, but as we saw with the Gauteng municipal offices that had to be evacuated for being uninhabitable, those in charge aren’t particularly making their own lives better through corruption.
Now I’m not saying that Magaqa was corrupt, what I’m saying is that those who ordered the hit have to spend their time fearing for their lives because they are now in a circle of killers.
And the more people get killed, the fewer people of integrity there are in the party, and the deadlier the politics will become because eventually you end up with a situation where the only people around them are the people who killed to get there.
They may be rich, but I can’t imagine it is a pleasant life to lead.
I believe nobody is 100% bad, and everybody has their moment when they are incorruptible, their principle so precious that they would risk death for it. The biggest lesson I’ve learned following politics is that to be corrupt is to live in fear of that moment when you find something you cannot turn a blind eye to, when you have that moment of heroism.
Because everybody has that moment in them, but it is a different moment for everybody, and the corrupt surround themselves with the corrupt so when their moment comes, and they know that moment will come, they have nobody they can trust.
Corruption takes the best of who you are, and makes you fear it. The price just isn’t worth it.