When Essop Pahad was given a job, he did it efficiently. He surprised even his critics with his diligence.
The Zondo Commission was globally unique in scope and scale. The book selects and explains its key findings and recommendations.
The commission could have made more of the evidence and been more categorical about when it thought criminality had taken place.
A judicial commission into state corruption found that the Gupta family influenced former President Jacob Zuma’s political decisions.
Rebuilding South Africa after the devastation of state capture would not be possible without the work of the Zondo commission.
The scale of the Guptas’ rapaciousness meant that, within just a few years, the institutions they leeched were in a state of collapse.
Corruption thrives in a destabilised state with weak institutions. South Africa cannot be allowed back to that space because there will be no turning back.
The posturing is bound to continue. But at the age of 78 Jacob Zuma’s long day in the sun is over.
Ramaphosa will be eager to communicate his position that no one should be above scrutiny and that all parts of society,should be examined by the Commission.
Metaphors are not used for their own sake in politics, but as part of a strategy to persuade a particular audience to accept a point of view, and act accordingly
The Constitutional Court described Zuma’s lack of cooperation with the commission as “reprehensible”.
Zuma shares ignominy with former US president Donald Trump who, like him, subverted democracy while in office.
Media self-criticism is not just important to improve journalism, it is a political, professional and moral imperative.
Corruption has been a constant feature of South African political life for much of the past 350 years; solutions will also take time.
Moe Shaik fancies himself as an analyst who can read people well. And yet, he has a rather large blind spot for his leaders – until they fall out with him.
This book is a booster to morale. It tells South Africans they can enjoy the impressive economic growth they once achieved.
Secrecy over who funds political parties should trigger fears that government decisions will reflect the wishes of large donors.
By positioning himself as a loveable granddad to supporters and the punchline of a joke to his opposition, Zuma adroitly defangs the very serious charges against him.
The dilemma for Zuma and his legal team is this: by putting him on the witness stand, there is a risk that he would be found wanting, especially in terms of the detail of any matter.
Trump and Zuma seek to sell explanations of their misfortunes to the socially insecure and economically vulnerable. To an alarming extent they succeed.