With former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on state capture now published and downloaded tens of thousands of times, the big question is: What Happens Now? A quite wide consensus suggests President Jacob Zuma, deeply implicated in the report, will seek a judicial review of its recommendations. Mainly the report recommends that the president establish a judicial commission of inquiry into his own relationship with the Gupta family. Madonsela directs Zuma to request of the chief justice that he furnish Zuma with the name of the judge (not a series of names Zuma can pick from) who will run the inquiry and that it be properly resourced by national treasury. What a day yesterday was, but I don’t believe this is the end for Zuma. The people who do simply aren’t looking at the facts. If he resigns, his patronage network will collapse and he will then almost certainly have to face the 700 or so counts of fraud that were dropped in 2009 to enable him to become head of state. They ...

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