Hein Kaiser
Journalist
3 minute read
23 Oct 2021
6:50 am

More than R1.5 trillion looted in just five years

Hein Kaiser

Every citizen donated R25,000 to looters in five years.

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The numbers are difficult to comprehend they are so staggering – more than R1.5 trillion looted in corruption between 2014 and 2019 alone – but when you look at them in real terms, the pain of what we have lost as a country is clear. Similar to The Economist’s way of calculating the buying power of various currencies by using the cost of a McDonald’s Big Mac burger, we have analysed that looted amount – calculated by the Unite 4 Mzansi’s first case study, State Capture 101, released this year. That stolen R1.5 trillion could have: Provided every South African...