Witnesses at the State Capture Inquiry continue to point out that former president Jacob Zuma was a corrupt man. It now becomes challenging to believe Zuma with all the evidence against presented at the Inquiry. Every finger points out to how the former head of state was in the centre of the country's state Capture.
On Tuesday 23 March 2021, former Bain Employee Athol Williams dropped more bombshells at the State Capture Inquiry. Once again, Jacob Zuma was implicated in the capturing of the state. However this time around it was not by the famous Gupta family.
Bain & Company’s destructive consultancy project with the South African Revenue Service (Sars) was a gateway for a wider entanglement with the Zuma administration that went all the way to energy procurement. This is the hypothesis of Athol Williams, a former employee and consultant of the US-based consultancy firm, who took the stand at the Zondo commission on Tuesday as it delves into the undoing of Sars during Tom Moyane’s tenure as commissioner.
Bain is a US company with business interest in South Africa; and according to Athol, Bain's managing partner in the country, Vittorio Massone is belived to have more than 20 private meetings with former president Jacob Zuma between 2012 and 2016. The meetings intensified between 2013 and 2014 when Tom Moyane was being groomed for the South African Revenue Service hot seat.
Williams said Massone explained in one email to colleagues that having their work with the government classified as “a presidential project” would mean that the relevant minister in a particular field could be bypassed.
Another email speaks of a special presidential delivery agency; this formed part of a file of documents labelled “ANC manifesto”. The plans ranged from restructuring the energy sector to “reshaping the South African economy”.
Williams said the reference to the manifesto pointed to the company availing itself to furthering party political objectives.
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