There seems to be a curse on SA’s finance ministers. After Trevor Manuel’s 13-year stint, his successors were plagued by controversy and have been playing musical chairs in the post, with one serving for just four days. On Saturday night, Malusi Gigaba, who served as finance minister for a year before being sent back to the home affairs portfolio, decided to answer questions on Twitter about "the narrative that I was ever/am captured by the Guptas". He also tweeted cryptically: "One day the story of how I came to be appointed Finance Minister will be told in full". What Gigaba was raising in his late-night search for redemption is directly related to what the Zondo commission is investigating. His appointment as minister occurred as the state capture project reached its zenith with the firing of Pravin Gordhan and deputy Mcebisi Jonas from the ministry. Gigaba ought to tell this story — his version of it — at the inquiry rather than rolling the dice on social media, choosing to sele...

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