South Africa: When Seeking Transparency Touches a Nerve, It's Time to Dig Deeper

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Sanral is a State-owned Entity, which means that its assets and all that it does are owned by the people of South Africa, the same people who will have to bail it out when it gets into debt it cannot service. So when Sanral CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma lashes out at OUTA for raising concerns about another R7bn loan, we should be worried about why they are so sensitive to civil society's request for greater transparency.

Since its inception in 1998, Sanral has emerged as a formidable state entity that builds and maintains world-class roads for South Africa. There can be no doubt that Sanral has great engineers and South Africa needs this organisation to survive. However, its success has been trashed through blind arrogance and the loss of purpose to serve in the best interests of the people, instead of political masters or foreign-based toll service providers.

When public institutions fail to be accountable and transparent on matters of public interest, they give rise to civil activism and come under greater scrutiny by tax-paying citizens, who have every right to ask fitting questions and demand honest answers.

OUTA was birthed as a result of Sanral's flawed and dubious decision to...

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