Best of Voices: The Guptas are making a joke of us

2017-07-28 14:59
Ajay Gupta believes the idea of state capture is an imaginary concept created by the media.

Ajay Gupta believes the idea of state capture is an imaginary concept created by the media.

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The #GuptaLeaks reveal that Guptas are implementing a version of the hundred percent bribe model in South Africa to turn our country into a site of slums and misery. They set up a system that ensured that foreign companies were made to pay bribes to secure business with state-owned companies.

South African officials who took part in the looting schemes have had their spines thoroughly massaged – literally and otherwise – in Dubai so as to make them sufficiently wobbly.

As is the case with bribery, what is so foolish about the whole thing is that the scheme is financed by the South African state. Yet, South African officials are so dumb to believe that the Guptas are wealthy. Yes, they are wealthy, because we gave them a country to milk, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

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Charging corrupt public officials today will be celebrated tomorrow

The question we are repeatedly asked at OUTA: Why do we bother at all with laying these charges with the law enforcement authorities, knowing they will in all likelihood not act on them?

The answer is simply that focused and diligent action and charges against those involved in the corruption and decay of governance in South Africa, far outweighs the temptations of apathy and this becomes more pertinent when the state’s side of the transaction appears to be missing in action.

Just as the state’s unacceptable conduct was meted out during the brutal history of our criminal justice system under the apartheid regime, so today the forces of political interference are at play in the NPA and the Hawks by ignoring the expressly available evidence of serious corruption related to the spending of state funds, writes Wayne Duvenhage.

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Why the South African state needs to lose its fight against marijuana policy reform

South African Police Service statistics suggest that most anti-drug activity is against those in possession of small quantities. These are people who are unlikely to play any strategic role in drug supply, and whose deterrence or removal from the market has little prospect of having any impact overall.

It isn’t clear whether criminal prohibition is an effective way to dissuade or help drug users. Evidence from other countries suggests that, generally, the greater the perception of risk, the lower the prevalence of use.

But the strength of this effect is debatable to say the least, and it remains far fro It isn’t clear whether criminal prohibition is an effective way to dissuade or help drug users m clear whether a liberalisation in marijuana policy results in a significant increase in its use or in associated harms, writes Anine Kriegler.

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