Those that steal from state coffers should account

Rivonia Circle director for coverage and analysis Lukhona Mnguni says the culprits steal the rule of regulation and there will not be any accountability.

Songezo Zibi on the launch of the Rivonia Circle on Wednesday, 25 Might 2022. Image: Provided

EAST LONDON – Corruption is so deep-rooted in South Africa such that even the rule of regulation has been “stolen”. That is based on analyst and Rivonia Circle director for coverage and analysis Lukhona Mnguni.

He was talking in East London on Wednesday night, on the native launch of the Rivonia Circle, a analysis and coverage advocacy outfit that seeks to affect politics and generate debate.

“There are thieves throughout they usually know that they’re thieves however what they’ve performed (is that) they’ve even stolen the rule of regulation such that you just will not have the ability to show that they’re thieves. Steal the rule of regulation first, and there will not be any accountability.

“That’s the reason some would even be daring sufficient to say: ‘There are Hawks within the Japanese Cape, why am I being investigated by Mpumalanga Hawks?’ [That is because the person knows that the Eastern Hawks are in his pockets,” Mnguni said.

This was a veiled reference to Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane, who has questioned the Hawks’ choice of an investigator from another province to probe his alleged involvement in the siphoning of municipal funds.

Rivonia Circle is chaired by former Business Day editor Songezo Zibi.

Speaking at the event, Zibi said their visit to various towns around the country was to canvas views from different communities on how they should fight corruption and roll back the collapse of service delivery

Zibi said the sessions have to be so effective that ordinary people can be able to say “this was my idea”.

“We can’t have a situation where people call people who fail to clean our city’s streets as leaders. How come someone who steals from state coffers is called inkokheli (leader)? They disrespect you. Make them account for their actions,” added Zibi.

The name of the nonprofit organisation, said Zibi, was inspired from the courage shown by the Rivonia Trialists.

This story is courtesy of Keith Ngesi Media.

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