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Unmasking the enablers of state capture

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Oakbay chair Atul Gupta and President Jacob Zuma (Photo: GCIS)
Oakbay chair Atul Gupta and President Jacob Zuma (Photo: GCIS)

NO ONE should be shocked by the increasing number of private sector companies being outed for having served as Trojan Horses for the loot diverted from public coffers in recent years, especially those that have been benefiting from illicit business links with the Zuptas.

We’ve known all along that there are two sides in any corrupt practice - the corruptor and the corruptor; two corruptors; two corrupt parties. It’s time we did away with the misleading description of one of the parties, usually the one employed by government, as the corrupted, or the unsuspecting victim of outside corruptors.

In many cases, much of the corruption involving government workers gets initiated by them because they hold the power to carefully choose service providers who would be willing to ensure that part of the money to be paid will benefit them in some way.

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