South Africa is akin to a silent coup - The Betrayal Of The Promise Report

A report by a group of academics who have studied the state capture report was released on Thursday.

Read: The Betrayal Of The Promise: How South Africa Is Being Stolen Rreport.

The view of the academics is that what has happened in South Africa is akin to a silent coup.

Academic and political analyst Professor Steven Friedman says the report says what everyone knows in a different language.

Friedman says he doesn't think this particular report will influence decisions by the ANC NEC who have convened in Irene for their first meeting since the reshuffling of cabinet by President Zuma.

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Over time I don't think it fundamentally challenges what is going on in the ANC but I think it might influence public opinion.

Steven Friedman, Director of the Centre for the Study at the University of Johannesburg

The ANC is in the middle of a faction battle and contributions like this might be regarded, obviously by one faction, as a useful contribution, so it doesn't really shift the balance of power within the ANC itself.

Steven Friedman, Director of the Centre for the Study at the University of Johannesburg

The group of academics stated in their report that while many people see President Jacob Zuma as the leader of a criminal network, what has happened is that organs of state have been re-purposed to provide an income for a network of people linked to the Zuma family and the Gupta family.

Friedman says the network might not have a chance to influence the 2019 election as South Africa has an electoral system that ensures the accuracy of the results as a true reflection of what the voters want.

I think we can be pretty assured that our elections are a true reflection of the way we citizens vote.

Steven Friedman, Director of the Centre for the Study at the University of Johannesburg

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