Johann Rupert’s statement that "radical economic transformation is just a code word for theft" has unleashed angry responses from many in the ANC. It has also generated spirited defensive comments from those who believe the "volkskapitalisme" pursued by the Broederbond within the National Party was only a means of lifting Afrikaners from poverty and could not be equated to the crass state capture playing out today. These claims and counterclaims are missing the point. The crisis in our country calls for national conversations on how we transform our socioeconomic system to eradicate poverty, unemployment and inequality. The bleak picture painted by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba of a stagnant economy mired in debt and failing to generate enough revenue to stay afloat calls for urgent action. The continuity of "state capture" from its roots in the colonial period, its brutality in the apartheid era and the impunity in government of the post-apartheid period cannot be denied. Hennie v...

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