The private sector, including legal and auditing firms, has been complicit in facilitating the illegal removal of money out of the country, says Prof Ivor Chipkin, director of the University of Witwatersrand Public Affairs Research Institute. Chipkin made a submission to Parliament’s portfolio committee of public enterprises, which conducted a hearing this week as part of the lead-up to its inquiry into the affairs of Eskom and other state-owned entities, and state capture. Chipkin said there had been a profound weakening of state institutions and a generalisation of criminality across the state and not only in national departments. The ability of state institutions to perform their mandates had deteriorated largely because they were politicised. Civil Society He was heartened, however, by the growing political will of civil society and political parties to fight corruption. South African Council of Churches (SACC) general secretary Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana told MPs the rot of corrup...

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