21 September 2017

South Africa: Nehawu Calls On the Hawks to Investigate KPMG, Mckinsey and SAP

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KPMG South Africa
press release

The National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union [NEHAWU] calls on the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation to immediately investigate international consultancies including KPMG, McKinsey and SAP for their role in state capture and links to the Gupta family.

All these consultancies have admitted to making "mistakes" and offered apologies for their roles in the graft scandal that has recently been uncovered. As NEHAWU, we are convinced that their apologies and admission of guilt are not genuine. If uncovered the status quo would have remained and the looting would have continued to unabated. Our view is that the apologies are meant to salvage their reputation and stop the haemorrhaging of clients.

These latest revelations continue to unravel the severity of state capture, collusion and corruption currently taking place in the country. The widespread corruption that has been taking place in the country has robbed millions of jobs and left many poor communities without basic services. The looting spree has gone on unrestricted for long and it is about time that trade unions, civic society and religious leaders take a stand against the wasting of our taxes and looting of state coffers.

NEHAWU calls on the HAWKS to institute thorough investigations against these international consultancies who have already admitted wrongdoing. The time of leniency and inaction must come to an end and those found to be in transgression of law should face punitive measures. These international consultancies have been for some time responsible for providing Neoliberal proposals in their consultancy work and this has resulted in the stagnation of the growth of our economy.

As NEHAWU, we hold a strong view that the HAWKS do not have to wait for President Jacob Zuma to start investigations against the Gupta family. The investigation into the controversial family and their role in state capture is long overdue and must start immediately without any hindrances. We demand to know how much money has been moved into their tax heaven in Dubai. We are aware that the Guptas are currently in the process of unwinding their interest in South Africa and move their money out of the country. As NEHAWU, we want the HAWKS to investigate as to how the money is moved out of the country. We call on our government to cut ties with shady and controversial companies like KPMG. South Africans needs a government that promotes both transparency and accountability.

NEHAWU call on the African National Congress [ANC] National Executive Committee to outline the timelines for Zuma to implement its directive on judicial commission. We are of the view that the delaying of the instituting of the commission is denying the public information on the severity of state capture.

NEHAWU calls on all South Africans to join the Cosatu National Day of Action next Wednesday 27th September 2017 to voice out their anger against state capture and corruption. NEHAWU calls on its members to join the march to send a clear message that their pension funds must not be used to fund ailing state owned enterprises like the South African Airways. Another message should be sent to the Public Investment Corporation [PIC] to fund the Government Employees Housing Scheme [GEHS] as currently more than 900 000 government workers are without housing.

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