Day: July 14, 2019

State capture: Zuma, the Guptas, and the sale of South Africa

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South Africa's former President, Jacob Zuma, is due to give evidence this week at a commission set up to investigate “state capture” during his time in office.
The term “state capture” has become a buzzword – shorthand for the multiple scandals that plagued the Zuma administration and eventually brought it down.
What is state capture?State capture describes a form of corruption in which businesses and politicians conspire to influence a country's decision-making process to advance their own interests. As most democracies have laws to make sure this does not happen, state capture also involves weakening those laws, and neutralising any agencies that enforce them.

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Jacob Zuma says his hands are clean

“State capture is not just about biasing public policy so that it systematically favours some corporations over others,” Abby Innes, assistant professor of political economy at the London School of Economics..