It is a good thing that judge Raymond Zondo experienced the skulduggery behind the state-capture project early in the process of his inquiry. The mass pillage of the state occurred through a carefully executed plan to repurpose institutions and state-owned companies to feed the Gupta empire. The Guptas paid the British PR firm an initial £100,000 to deceive and manipulate South Africans to deflect focus from their plundering of taxpayers’ money. We do not know how much they invested in the protection racket that kept them from being held to account for their actions. It would be naïve to think that an inquiry unravelling the state-capture network, exposing the enablers and perpetrators, and trying to track where the money went would be left to do so without interference. It is unlikely that there has been no further investment to protect the Guptas and their allies when they have so much to lose and could possibly go to jail if a competent National Prosecuting Authority is ever in p...

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