A decade of state capture, a period in which systemic corruption flourished both inside and outside state institutions, has damaged SA. Credible action to deal decisively with corruption and associated institutional weakness is paramount to revitalising the country’s troubled economy.

The impact of reputational harm, investor uncertainty and the absence of opportunities during the “lost decade” have hit SA hard. Economic growth is limping along at a rate insufficient to create sustainable jobs. As a result, inequality is on the rise and fiscal instability is now a real concern...

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