The unravelling of those years — reckoning with the wholesale corruption and gutting of state institutions — has been a long time coming.
And it has come at a steep cost: the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture has a price tag of nearly R1bn, lasted almost four years, and involved hundreds of hours of testimony often exhaustive, granular detail of the ways in which the state was repurposed to enrich a coven of business people and politicians.
But now that it’s over, is the country any closer to seeing the bend of that moral arc?
Sadly, justice will take time but there is some low-hanging fruit that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) can pluck to begin the process of accountability.
The report shared exclusively with the FM is timely, given that chief justice Raymond Zondo handed his final report from the commission of inquiry to Ramaphosa just last week.
The commission was set up as part of the remedial action recommended by then public protector Thuli Madonsela in her report on state capture back in 2016.
This week, Madonsela tells the FM she has no doubt the inquiry was worthwhile.
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