Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
6 Jan 2022
8:40 am

State capture report: This can’t be the SA Hani, Biko, Aggett died for

Brian Sokutu

Covering the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, there were moments I wondered whether this was the South Africa Chris Hani, Matthew Goniwe, Steve Biko, Neil Aggett, Solomon Mahlangu and Ruth First died for.

Acting Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo and President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria where the first part of the state capture report was handed over to the presidency, 4 January 2022. Picture: Jacques Nelles

It has translated to volumes of evidence from whistleblowers, activists, ministers and captains of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) – some hair-raising testimonies on the squander of billions of taxpayers’ money under the ANC government. Covering the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, chaired by Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, since its first sitting in August 2018, there were moments I wondered whether this was the South Africa Chris Hani, Matthew Goniwe, Steve Biko, Neil Aggett, Solomon Mahlangu and Ruth First died for. Driven by the infamous Gupta family, with very close ties with former president Jacob Zuma, some members of the...