By Pinky Khoabane
The Mail and Guardian in 2014 reported that a team comprising of playwright Duma Ka Ndlovu, owner of Mvelase and Associates Vusi Mvelase, and businessman Sandile Zungu, influenced President Jacob Zuma’s decisions and appointments.
The three were said to have been instrumental in the appointments of Riah Phiyega as national police commissioner, Thuli Madonsela as public protector and Sbu Ndebele as transport minister.
Somewhere at the bottom of the article mention is made of the influence of the Gupta family on the President. In fact the article describes the family as political advisors.
Although Ndlovu, Mvelase and Zungu all denied having had any influence on Zuma’s decisions, UnCensored has been reliably informed that Madonsela was part of the “kitchen cabinet” and that a fallout could have been the cause of the acrimonious relationship between the former public protector and the President.
Read the full M&G article here: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-05-22-kitchen-cabinet-helps-jz-to-rule
But why didn’t the reports of the influence of these three, the Guptas and others elicit a similar response to the one that led to the State Capture narrative and the report that followed? Part of the former public protector’s investigation dealt with”
“a) Whether President Zuma improperly and in violation of the Executive Ethics Code, allowed members of the Gupta family and his son, to be involved in the process of removal and appointment of various members of the Cabinet”.
The article above says the appointment of cabinet ministers including Madonsela herself were influenced by external members.
Lest we forget, the State Capture investigation was based on complaints which emanated from media reports claiming that the Guptas had offered Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and Vytjie Mentor, cabinet posts.
The State Capture Report says, the first complainant among others, wanted an investigation into “all business dealings of the Gupta family and government departments to determine irregularities, undue enrichment, corruption…..”and based the quest on media reports.
The second complainant also relied on similar media reports, the State Capture Report says.
Why didn’t the former public protector include this particular report in which her post was supposedly influenced by the so-called “kitchen cabinet?” As one observer remarked: “Seeing that phone records are the latest investgative instrument, would Advocate Madonsela’s phone records and visitors book at the Presidential residence place her as a regular visitor before and shortly after her appointment as a public protector?”