In these early days of 2019 we find ourselves in a situation where the extent and depth of corruption associated with state capture is being exposed on an unprecedented scale. Should we be delighted that all this evidence of malpractice is seeing the light of day, or is it more appropriate to be left with a sense of despair about just how easily people on all levels of the government and business can be corrupted? Soon after Cyril Ramaphosa took over the reins as president he started appointing a series of commissions of inquiry into various persons and institutions implicated in corruption. Most prominent among these are the Zondo commission looking into state capture, the Nugent commission into tax administration and governance at the SA Revenue Service (Sars), and more recently the Mokgoro commission focusing on key players at the National Prosecuting Authority.

It clearly takes time for commissions of inquiry to get all their ducks in a row and start gaining traction, but ...

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