South Africa: SA State Capture Rears Its Head in German Bundestag

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A parliamentary question from Die Linke party about German companies fingered in State Capture, particularly at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, showed the German federal justice ministry is still waiting for the South African authorities to make contact. But it may not quite play out like that amid vows to step up the pressure.

The official response to the parliamentary question in eight parts on German companies fingered in State Capture from Die Linke MPs Fabio De Masi, Jorg Cezanne and Klaus Ernst has dropped in the Bundestag, dated 2 January 2020.

In it, the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection says it was "aware of media reports alleging corruption by German companies" as part of State Capture in South Africa, but the federal government itself had "no further knowledge" of such -- or direct knowledge of any prosecutions or convictions.

Nor had the German government received a request for mutual legal assistance, according to the federal justice ministry's parliamentary reply 19/16297.

However, State Capture had been raised in discussions with German companies represented in South Africa, and others.

"Representatives of the foreign missions (in) Pretoria and Cape Town have had several discussions (on State Capture)...

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