Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba is no stranger to controversy and has been at the centre of the state capture project long before his move to Treasury, two pundits have argued.
Political analyst Karima Brown and investigative journalist Thanduxolo Jika uncovered Gigaba's legacy and his apparent position as President Jacob Zuma's prodigy.
According to Jika, Gigaba's previous appointment as Public Enterprises Minister in 2010 was a critical moment in the state capture narrative.
During his tenure as Public Enterprises Minister, Jika says Gigaba was responsible for changing the leadership at state- owned enterprises (SOEs) such as Transnet and Eskom.
All of a sudden he come's up with this plan of re-configuring SOE boards. In there come very interesting people. He appoints Brian Molefe and Iqbal Sharma at Transnet where they start.— Thanduxolo Jika, Sunday Times investigative journalist
In that very same term, Gigaba's advisor apparently traveled with Gupta associates overseas as the controversial family made billions from paratstals, Jika explains.
The people he placed as Public Enterprises Minister were people linked to the Guptas.— Thanduxolo Jika, Sunday Times investigative journalist
In 2014, Gigaba became Minister of Home Affairs , when he is alleged to have granted early citizenship to the Gupta family.
Brown says Gigaba has been a key part of the political project, linking together the network needed to capture the state.
He is the great enabler. Inter-generational patronage has been invested in him.— Karima Brown, political analyst
Malusi Gigaba emulates President Jacob Zuma's method of operation.— Karima Brown, political analyst
He is supposed to succeed Zuma and continue the patronage value chain that has been put int place, from snout to tail.— Karima Brown, political analyst
Malusi Gigaba is the great enabler, he links up the networks and the operation .— Karima Brown, political analyst
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She explains that development finance institutions and SOEs have been used as vehicles of state capture, instead of tools for economic development in South Africa.
The pair discussed the range of characters that follow Gigaba in order to push the state capture agenda and "do the dirty work".
Take a listen to their sharp analysis: