In March 2013, South Africa suffered its worst military defeat since the end of apartheid. After a battle that lasted almost two days, 200 crack troops who engaged 7 000 rebels in the Central African Republic were forced to negotiate a ceasefire at their base. Thirteen South African soldiers died in the battle, with two more later succumbing to their wounds. "Battle of Bangui" is as a result of a seven investigation by authors Warren Thompson, Stephan Hofstatter and James Oatway. This extract titled 'The Show Goes On: Enter the Guptas' examines an intricate web of corruption and patronage reaching the highest echelons of power in South Africa and the CAR.