[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.
CASAC Media Statement
24 October 2011
President Zuma acts on corruption
The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) applauds President Zuma’s dismissal of Gwen Mahlangu Nkabinde and Sicelo Shiceka from Cabinet. We believe that the President has acted appropriately in responding to the reports of the Public Protector regarding the misdemeanours by these two former Ministers.
We also welcome the immediate suspension of the National Police Commissioner, Bheki Cele, and the appointment of a Board of Inquiry in terms of the South African Police Service Act to investigate his role in the leasing of premises for the SA Police Service.
We note the composition of the commission of enquiry under Judge Willie Seriti to conduct the investigation into matters relating to the arms deal. We await the announcement of the terms of reference for that enquiry and trust that these will allow for a comprehensive investigation.
CASAC has consistently called for a zero tolerance approach to corruption and unethical conduct, and urges all South Africans to “Red Card Corruption”. We will continue to lobby for the strengthening of our anti-corruption arsenal by establishing a truly independent anti-corruption agency that will be adequately resourced to fight corruption on all fronts.
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