Johannesburg - Thuli Madonsela was called a CIA spy by a South African deputy minister and received death threats as she pursued politicians in her role as the nation’s graft ombudsman. Now she’s planning a last round of potentially explosive revelations before she steps down next month.
In her sights is what South Africans call “state capture”, a reference to allegations that a wealthy family, the Guptas, used its friendship with President Jacob Zuma for profit and influence.
In one instance, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said the Guptas offered him the post of finance minister. The controversy around the family prompted the nation’s largest banks to close accounts belonging to companies owned by the Guptas, who are in business with Zuma’s son. Both Zuma and the Guptas deny wrongdoing.