The Zondo commission of inquiry continues this week with testimony by public enterprise minister Pravin Gordhan, who has been outspoken about state capture. Gordhan will on Friday be the second cabinet minister to appear before the commission looking into malfeasance in which high-profile politicians, including former president Jacob Zuma, are implicated. Last week, finance minister Nhlanhla Nene testified about his several interactions with the Guptas when he was deputy minister of finance and when he was appointed minister. Zuma fired him and replaced him with MP Des van Rooyen after he refused to toe the line on projects such as the nuclear-build programme. Gordhan was finance minister in Zuma’s first term. In Zuma’s second term as state president, Gordhan served as co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister.

But in December 2015, after the president had removed Nene as finance minister, which sent the rand into free fall, he was forced to reconsider his decis...

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