FIRST TAKE | State capture, corruption: At 5 437 pages, Zondo's case against Zuma, ANC is overwhelming

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President Cyril Ramaphosa receives the fifth and final Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State Report at Union Buildings on June 22, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa. The Judicial commission began its work in August 2017 and it has thus far presented Part One to Part Four of the reports. (Photo by Gallo Images/Alet Pretorius)
President Cyril Ramaphosa receives the fifth and final Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State Report at Union Buildings on June 22, 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa. The Judicial commission began its work in August 2017 and it has thus far presented Part One to Part Four of the reports. (Photo by Gallo Images/Alet Pretorius)

The full Zondo Report comprises almost 5 500 pages and is a searing indictment of the ANC, Jacob Zuma and the government. The case against all of them is overwhelming, writes Pieter du Toit.

The State Capture Inquiry, chaired by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, was a seminal moment in this country's democratic history. It processed hundreds of interviews and pieces of testimony, thousands of documents and pieces of evidence, and sat for months and months trying to unpick state capture.

What it found is devastating to the ANC, the governing party at national level since May 1994. The report, with all six parts running to 5 437 pages, constructs an overwhelming case against the party, and particularly its former leader, Jacob Zuma, as being active participants in the expansive state capture project executed by the Gupta family.

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