The Pandora’s Box on state capture has officially been cranked open‚ with a preliminary hearing by Parliament’s public enterprises portfolio committee being told that there is "mafia-style nefarious control of state-owned enterprises by an elite that is pivoted around the president of the republic". The committee is preparing for a wide-scale inquiry into irregularities and allegations of corruption involving the Gupta family at major state-owned companies. The inquiry‚ which begins in mid-August‚ could finally turn up the heat on the Gupta network that appears to have received political protection up to now. After a flood of evidence of corruption in the public domain‚ particularly through the leaked Gupta e-mails‚ Parliament is putting the spotlight on Eskom‚ Transnet and Denel. As with the ad hoc committee inquiry into the SABC board‚ ANC MPs are becoming bolder in holding people close to President Jacob Zuma to account. The public enterprises committee intends to call the top br...

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