There are probably only so many accounts of Bain & Company’s involvement in state capture and the destruction of the SA Revenue Service (Sars) that the opinion pages of this newspaper can sustain. That’s because public appetite, even for a tale as galling as this, is exhausted — especially so in SA’s political landscape.

More importantly, opinion pages aren’t the terrain in which the really significant questions relating to this matter are to be determined. We won’t get a finding here as to whether Bain committed fraud, bribery or other unlawful conduct in securing its contracts for the restructuring of Sars. We won’t obtain a definitive ruling as to whether its unlawful acts make it liable for damages proportional to the scale of harm it inflicted...

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