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State Capture Report: The (next) sequel

After years of listening to testimony, Justice Raymond Zondo is under pressure to produce results and he’s been putting out reports apace since January: the third and final report of the Zondo commission of inquiry was released this week and features Zondo’s most significant findings against former President Jacob Zuma to date, recommending he face prosecution for probably violating the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act. 

But what’s the report about? At 942 pages, It focuses on all things Bosasa – the prison and security company owned by the late Gavin Watson. According to the report the company was awarded at least R2.37 billion since 2000 but a previous M&G report put that number closer to  R12 BILLION. 😲

Bosasa’s modus operandi was to target prominent government officials and dispense largesse in exchange for their promise of influencing tender-awarding processes, as the Daily Maverick noted

ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe and former Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane also play starring roles in the report for receiving benefits from the company, from security upgrades to a lavish 40th birthday, in Mokonyane’s case. 

The report recommends that Zuma and Mokonyane be prosecuted by the NPA. Mantashe should be investigated further, it says.

The NPA was allocated R1.1bn in the recent budget for the next three years but it needs much more. Justice Minister Ronald Lamola pointed out in parliament this week that government coffers will never have enough to meet the demand on prosecutors in light of Zondo’s findings. So the NPA is working with Treasury to explore donor funding without undermining its independence, according to Lamola. We’re guessing there’ll be plenty of donors to support a cause like this. We’re just not looking forward to the accusations of “white monopoly capital” that will no doubt follow. 🙄

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 4 March  2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.