SA is grappling with large-scale public-sector corruption, which has severely undermined the government’s public procurement system. Recent judicial developments, including a court-ordered commission of inquiry into state capture, appear to have been met, finally, with serious political will to root out corruption.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s inaugural promise of a “new dawn”, animated by a spirit of “thuma mina”, seems belatedly to be prompting some government officials to investigate and expose irregularities in their departments.

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