Natasha Marrian Financial Mail deputy editor & columnist

Six days and 33 interviews with individuals handpicked by suspended SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane is what international consultancy Bain & Co relied on to bring about the wholesale restructuring of the tax agency, which brought it to its knees. SA’s economic woes are self-inflicted and cannot be divorced from politics. Politics and personal economic gain have come together to see key state institutions captured, from the Treasury to Sars and even the SA Reserve Bank. In the past two weeks both the state capture inquiry and the Sars inquiry heard harrowing evidence about this audacious attempt to hollow out SA’s democratic state, paid for in pain, sacrifice and tears. The news cycle keeps ticking along and we never pause to examine the magnitude of this moment in our history, in which former liberators became the capturers, with only a handful holding together the moral centre for which SA was once internationally recognised. Mcebisi Jonas’s life was at stake. Vyt...

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