DA heads to court on Monday in challenge to ANC cadre deployment

DA heads to court on Monday in challenge to ANC cadre deployment

The DA and the ANC are set to face off in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday during the opposition party’s challenge to the cadre deployment policy.

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The DA's Leon Schreiber says the party’s aiming to have the ANC’s policy of cadre deployment declared unconstitutional and unlawful.

"This is, without any doubt, the single most important court case for rebuilding state capacity in South Africa’s democratic history. Through the evil practice of cadre deployment, the ANC illegally interferes in appointment processes to ensure that corrupt cadres are appointed on the basis of their loyalty to the ANC, rather than on the basis of merit and skill."

Schreiber says bringing an end to cadre deployment will also help the country get rid of load shedding.

"As the Zondo Commission confirmed and as the DA revealed when we exposed minutes of the ANC’s cadre deployment committee last year, this practice forms the very foundation of state capture. Abolishing cadre deployment is therefore a fundamental prerequisite if we ever want to end load shedding and halt the collapse of state institutions.

"The urgency of this case is tragically confirmed by the ongoing electricity crisis that is destroying our country. Every time the lights go off, it is a reminder of the devastating impact that ANC cadre deployment has on hollowing-out state institutions, including Eskom.

"Just last week, ANC chairman Gwede Mantashe shamelessly made it clear that the party is dead set on, once again, illegally interfering in the appointment process of new executive leadership at Eskom.  The ANC has repeatedly made it clear that it will never abolish this corrupt practice out of its own volition, because it is the very lifeblood of ANC corruption. The party has openly defied the Zondo Commission’s finding that this practice is unconstitutional."

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