South Africa: State Capture - the Fight-Back Against the Fight-Back Begins


The band's back together. They fought State Capture and they've reunited against those trying to reverse their wins.

State Capture, that broad term generally known as Zuma-era corruption involving the Gupta family, was exposed by journalists and then called out by civil society. Members of the tripartite alliance and then factions of the ANC joined the chorus.

Civil society organisations rallied under the banners of the Anti-Corruption March and Save SA, particularly once the #GuptaLeaks were revealed, and tried to unite society behind a common cause. Former president Jacob Zuma was the primary villain with state reform the key aim.

Things started to change when Cyril Ramaphosa won the ANC presidency and began a reform campaign that, whether moving towards a better government or towards different benefactors, clamped down on headline corruption and was a marked change from the Zuma era.

But there was always going to be a push-back and the same civil society organisations have come together again to defend those they believe are under threat for fighting corruption. The influence they had on challenging Zuma and his cronies is still debated, but the band has decided to reunite to face their old foes.

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