Editorials
3 minute read
6 Jan 2022
7:40 am

State capture and enablers have forced an urgent moral foundation rebuild

Editorials

A disturbing observation about enablers is that many of them were professional people, such as accountants and auditors and accredited lawyers.

Make no mistake, state capture was not just the Guptas and Jacob Zuma, albeit they lit the match to the consuming inferno. (Photo by Gallo Images/City Press/Muntu Vilakazi)

There are many disturbing aspects to the first instalment of the Zondo Commission’s report into state capture … disturbing because, if they are not tackled with vigour, then our country’s downward trajectory will only accelerate in the years ahead. At its most basic, the motivation for the looting of those years – and, if we’re honest, in previous scandals, like the arms deal – was obscene greed. We say obscene because the amounts taken – even by those lower down the plunder food chain – were way more than any human being would need to live in luxury for the...