EVERYTHING is connected. When Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane demands the constitution be amended to change the mandate of the Reserve Bank — a request that is neither her place nor within her ambit — it is part of a bigger ploy and cannot be divorced from other developments in our young democracy. It is a bit like the mineral resources minister — or shall I address him by his proper and correct title, which is Minister of Gupta Family Affairs — and his new mining charter, for example. The fact that this charter gives the Gupta family the BEE beneficiaries tells you everything you need to know about what is going on here.This charter is not about empowerment of black people who suffered and were disadvantaged through apartheid. It’s about empowerment of the Guptas. We shouldn’t be surprised. Mosebenzi Zwane was appointed by the Guptas, as we know from the leaked e-mails. What are the connections? What is clear, and what South Africans are failing to understand, is that nothing t...

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