The Jacob Zuma presidency and the Gupta parastatals have transmogrified into a frightening, repulsive and unstoppable monstrosity: a vast, looming succubus that has become an embodiment of the anti-anti-apartheid project. Zuptagate has brought the country face to face with its most antithetical possibility — its Other, a thing that kills the project of liberation from apartheid. Creating a humane society following a long history of brutal oppression was the raison d’etre of the ANC and the life force of the nation that emerged after it came to power. State capture was put into motion in 2010 at the latest. It became common knowledge after the Gupta wedding in 2013. Many expected that the extent of state capture unearthed by Thuli Madonsela when she was public protector would start to halt the takeover. Gupta e-mail leaks provided more information of corruption in 2017. It should have been a bombshell, but it was an anti-climax — just more loaded disclosures in a chain of exposés tha...

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