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

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