We became more aware of state capture in 2015, says Pravin Gordhan
Gordhan said even during the four-day period in which Des Van Rooyen was finance minister, state capture intentions were evident
The realisation that state capture was under way, and not just incidents of corruption, came in 2015, public enterprise minister Pravin Gordhan said on Monday. Gordhan, who was testifying at the state capture inquiry, said questions were raised in late 2014, but mainly in 2015 they became clearer and then “connecting the dots came’’. He said when the boards at state-owned enterprises were being changed in 2010, after then public enterprise minister Barbara Hogan was removed, the extent of the problem still was not clear. ‘‘It looked like an ordinary set of events and then it still wasn't clear until more of these changes were being made, but the picture was still hazy and then the kind of events that took place at treasury in late 2015, the way the nuclear matter was dealt with suggested there was more to it. There’s a wider set of intentions and scheme that underpins it in someway,” he said.
Finance minister Nhlanhla Nene was removed in December 2015, which saw the rand and t...