Political influence used for malign purposes. Party funding through tender kickbacks. Entrenched nepotism arising from factionalism. Patronage in the public service. These are just some of the damning findings in the recently released report on state capture — and all took place "under the watch of the government of the ruling party, the ANC".

Just four days into the new year, acting chief justice Raymond Zondo handed the first of the three volumes of his report on state capture to President Cyril Ramaphosa. The remaining two will be handed over before the end of February — and already it’s placed the ANC front-and-centre in corruption that, by some measures, cost SA R50bn...

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