Dear OUTA Members and followers
We live in interesting times indeed. The strong winds of political change are blowing not only here in South Africa, but internationally with Donald Trump’s presidential victory in the USA. With much speculation about his impact on the world stage, Zuma will be giving a sigh of relief as the attention is focussed away from him, at least for a few days.
But at OUTA we remain focused on President Zuma and his connected cronies, as we tackle the corruption and maladministration that will now become more evident as his house of cards is starting to collapse.
History abounds with fallen political leaders who were trounced by a populace who resisted the charades of deception, cronyism and blatant theft of taxpayers funds. Zuma’s legacy will be another example of what happens when political leaders place their own interests ahead of that of the nation.
The NPA’s recent Gordhan debacle will be a bridge too far for President Zuma, and one must now ask what he was thinking when he allowed NPA head Shaun Abraham to ply his trade in the manner he did.
The overwhelming support by the public who rose to Pravin’s defence, is a sign of a growing participative democracy. The people are getting restless and this is causing many within the ruling party to stand up to their leaders. The signs of meaningful change abound.
However, Zuma has resilience. Past encounters will show that after all the hype, headlines and hysteria has died down, the Commander in Thief will live on and retain his key appointees, to ensure his grip and control in the areas where lucrative and easily plundered contracts reside.
And this is why OUTA exists and thrives, fearlessly gathering evidence and challenging the abuse of authority by those in government and state institutions. We will continue to hold them accountable for their transgressions, corruption and wasteful expenditure.
In this edition we will update you – amongst other matters – on the latest e-toll developments. We will also point out some of SANRAL’s dubious accounting practices in their recent annual report and unpack a few other matters we are focusing on.
OUTA’s internal structure evolves
In our journey to achieve our vision of challenging the abuse of authority on a wide variety of issues, our structure will continue to evolve, ensuring scalability, sustainability and effectiveness.
The introduction of dedicated Portfolio Managers to manage multiple campaigns and projects will lead to new appointments to ensure accountability for the advancement of the various cases we are working on.
Project management entails a host of activities, from coordinating research and investigation, to working with the media and content production teams, as well as working with OUTA’s internal and external legal teams when case building is undertaken.
OUTA’s work requires resilience and an ability to stay the course as many – if not most – of the cases we work on take time to reach their respective outcomes. Doing so requires people, good people, effective people and the right leadership.
Once again, we thank you, the active citizens of South Africa, for your ongoing support and monthly contributions without which we could not do the work we have set out to do.
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