There are two numbers. One is very large. The other is fairly small. Combined, they form a set of co-ordinates showing us where we are. The very large number is an amount of money that has been stolen from us. There are plenty of numbers to choose from, not least the figures coming out of the Zondo commission: an alleged R6m a month in bribes to ANC officials; R300,000 a month to Jacob Zuma. But those aren’t the big number. The big number is R100bn, the amount Pravin Gordhan in 2017 estimated had been stolen by the sebaceous cysts we now refer to as state captors. They did it, most agree, over a period of about 10 years, which means they stole on average about R27m every day. Which brings me back to Bosasa. I don’t want to trivialise the information coming out of the Zondo inquiry. It is essential that the rot be exposed. But I think it’s important to remember that it’s not new rot. This is not a new scandal. This is still state capture. And, it must be said, a pretty low-rent itera...

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