South Africa: Parliamentary State Capture Inquiry - When MPs Act Like Public Representatives in the Interest of South Africa

Eskom Generation's pilot wind-farm facility at Klipheuwel in the Western Cape, South Africa.

It would be easy to ignore the report of Parliament's public enterprises committee inquiry into State Capture at Eskom, given the testimony bombs dropping at the Zondo Commission. That would be a mistake. While there may not be a big-bang smoking gun, the parliamentary inquiry report clearly outlines in fact and testimony the systematic capture of a public entity such as Eskom for the gain and self-enrichment of private interests.

That the public enterprises committee adopted the 142-page inquiry report on Wednesday is by no small measure due to backroom manoeuvring and just plain stubborn determination. There was pushback to play kick-for-touch to keep the report under wraps, according to two parliamentary insiders.

The inquiry had finished over six months ago. It would have been easy to play kick-for-touch as Parliament rises for 2018 in just a week or so. The fact that it has been adopted - and adopted with unanimous agreement across party-political lines - is kudos for Parliament. That the pressure had been on became clear as in unusual...

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