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It was not politicians who rescued SA from the grip of a wily strongman, Jacob Zuma, and his extractive friends the Guptas. It was public servants and civil society who resisted the capture of the state, forcing a more daring approach from the perpetrators that eventually brought the whole system down.

The "resistance" to state capture started in 2010, when government communication & information system CEO Themba Maseko refused to divert the entity’s R600m media budget to Gupta-owned newspaper The New Age...

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