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.
Zondo’s career is made up of a tapestry of highlights, from lawyer to senior judge. He has written more than 200 judgments.
A judicial commission has found that the Guptas orchestrated massive corruption and the capture of the South African state, with the help of their friend, former president Jacob Zuma.
The scale of the Guptas’ rapaciousness meant that, within just a few years, the institutions they leeched were in a state of collapse.
The ANC retains its determination to rule yet lacks the capacity to do so effectively. The only way out of the dilemma is its defeat in an election.
Most South Africans believe the report into state capture must be followed up to ensure that those responsible for rampant corruption are held accountable.
Ramaphosa currently has no known rivals with widespread support within the African National Congress.
Attacks on national power generation’s critical infrastructure are a known strategy of hybrid warfare.
The ANC did not create most of the patterns for which it is blamed. But it has done far too little to change them and often seems happy simply to live with them.
Exactly when the ANC’s reign will end rides on what the party does or does not do between now and its elective conference in 2022.
The ANC’s choice of parliamentary Speaker reflects poorly on the party leadership and contrasts starkly with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment to uncorrupt governance.
South Africa can’t possibly remain the same country in the aftermath of this mayhem. There are just too many storms ahead to simply continue unchanged.
The posturing is bound to continue. But at the age of 78 Jacob Zuma’s long day in the sun is over.
Jacob Zuma ran out of ideas to defend himself. Martyrdom is almost impossible without a cause, and he has none.
South Africa has many problems. But, as Jacob Zuma has found out, the strength of its rule of law and the independence of its judiciary should not be underestimated.
The state capture inquiry shows that South Africa’s parliament needs to urgently end the uncertainty about whether or not shadow directors are governed by the Companies Act.
Unlike most politicians but typical of a negotiator, South Africa’s president has not put his plans on the table for public scrutiny.
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.
Globally, intelligence services trade in secrets and conduct covert operations. But this does not exempt them from public scrutiny, parliamentary oversight, and audit processes.