A report by a group of academics focused on state capture, suggests South Africa has experienced a silent coup that has removed the ANC from its place as the primary force for transformation in society.
EWN senior reporter, Stephen Grootes, says the report looks into how state capture came about. He says it goes back to 2009 and how the Guptas arrived in South Africa and the state they were in when they arrived.
It isolates key figures and key events... it looks at all things you would need to know in order to analyse. It looks at the Waterkloof landing, how Malusi Gigaba got into department of Public and enterprise.— Stephen Grootes, EWN
I must say Gigaba doesn't come out of this well at all... what we are seeing is sort of a picture of how it was done.— Stephen Grootes, EWN
It's a grim reading and not a cheerful reading at all...— Stephen Grootes, EWN
Mark Swilling a distinguished Professor and programme coordinator at Stellenbosch University says it was former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas who prompted this study.
Jonas asked what were the academics doing about state capture, says Swilling
He asked what are the academics doing about South Africa's democracy and I was ashamed to say not enough.— Mark Swilling a distinguished Professor and Programme Coordinator at Stellenbosch University
Our job as academics is to provide frameworks that give meaning. We are not saying we are right but we are saying this is a framework for making sense of what is going on and if it works for you use it.— Mark Swilling a distinguished Professor and Programme Coordinator at Stellenbosch University
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