State capture, possibilities for personal wealth accumulation through political office, impact on the state: ‘The Guptas aren’t the only threat to our national democratic revolution’, says Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas in the latest edition of Umsebenzi Online, weekly newsletter of the South African Communist Party.
By Mcebisi Jonas
When considering issues of state capture, it is important to note that most discussions pertaining to patronage, patrimonial or neo-patrimonial networks tend to be associated with failed or failing states. It is however important to consider the fact that although South Africa is currently contending with these issues, ours is not a failed or failing state.
This is because the South African state is able to exercise full administrative control over its territory; it is able to successfully maintain a monopoly over violence; and finally it is able to consistently provide public goods to its citizens.