SA, one of Africa’s largest economies, has regressed on an international index tracking perceptions of corruption in the public sector, stumbling into the category of flawed democracies and just one level above non-functioning regimes.

SA has been dogged by systemic corruption and looting of state-owned enterprises (SOEs). State capture cost the economy an estimated R500bn. The state capture commission found there was a symbiotic relationship between the ANC and politically connected individuals and private companies. It highlighted how the actions of the Gupta family, through their proximity to former president Jacob Zuma, hollowed out state institutions..

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