Times of political transition bring turmoil and uncertainty. But if the country’s national security is not threatened, minds can focus on what an incoming administration should do to proceed with the business of governance. This should be in the minds of South Africans as the country navigates through a difficult political process. President Jacob Zuma was in power for eight years. While there were some notable achievements, his period in power was marked by a period of corruption and nepotism during which well-connected individuals extracted favours from the Zuma network of associates, the Gupta family being the most obvious cast of characters. This process of state capture was made possible by Zuma’s lack of moral direction, exemplified by accusations of rape and theft. The challenge now is to help a damaged state and a fractious political environment recover. The levers of power The new administration will be composed of a new executive in the form of the newly elected president ...

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