Ann Crotty Writer-at-large

Did you notice the striking similarity between McKinsey’s long-overdue Eskom statement and KPMG International’s statement on its Gupta-related work? Neither really admitted to any wrongdoing, bar the odd lapse in standards and judgment. So similar are they, it’s possible they were crafted by the same legal team. Or perhaps these sorts of non-admission admissions are like wills, and there are standard forms that can be bought off the shelf at CNA. (Given the growing demand for them there could be a business opportunity here.) Former institutions and figures of authority are dropping all over the place. Politics and politicians are long gone, as are religion and religious figures. The legal profession is just a leak or two away from public calumny. And even that artificial construct, Hollywood, looks to be toppling.Included in McKinsey’s "errors of judgment and process" was its failure to "engage adequately with advocate [Geoff] Budlender". This is dealt with in a particularly mean-sp...

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