The statements made by former Treasury director-general Lungisa Fuzile at the end of his testimony at the Zondo commission last week reflected why that department has been so central to the political story playing out in SA. The sentiment that informed Fuzile’s remarks was not just that of a senior public servant who was angered by the onslaught against the Treasury, which he said former president Jacob Zuma was central in “orchestrating”, but a citizen who despaired at the slide towards lawlessness. “It is the lesson for every South African … that this is a country governed by a constitution and law. Your first point of reference ought to be that if you are coming into the civil service, in fact every sphere of life,” Fuzile said. His testimony last week focused on the short period Des van Rooyen was finance minister in December 2015. Fuzile — as well as the current director-general, Dondo Mogajane, and former head of communications Phumza Macanda — described in their evidence the ...

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