Steinhoff is a capitalist scandal that was lying low, while most eyes were focused on the bumbling comrades with false pretences to socialism — equalising the twin rogues of democracy in one fell swoop. This comes hot on the heels of scandals at Bell Pottinger, KPMG, Guptology, McKinsey, Eskom, SAA, Denel and MultiChoice.

Phew, what a way to end the year.

Lord Acton in 1887 could not have described it better: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." He also said: "Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you add the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority."

With the long-elusive state of capture judicial commission having been rubber-stamped by Judge President Dunstan Mlambo, isn’t it about time that its twin — Capital’s State of Rupture judicial commission — was fast-tracked, in order to balance the guilt?

Mothobi Mutloatse