South Africa: 10 facts to know about the Zondo Commission reports

By Xolisa Phillip, in Johannesburg

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Posted on May 27, 2022 10:23

South Africa’s former President Zuma faces a state corruption inquiry, in Johannesburg
South African Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo attends the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, where South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma is summoned to face a state corruption inquiry, in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 15, 2021. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s R800bn ($50.9bn)-a-year public sector spend on goods and services is the conduit between corrupt tender practices and political party funding, according to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture (Zondo Commission) reports.  

“Such a link can represent an existential threat to our democracy,” says the Zondo Commission. “It is inconceivable that political parties should finance themselves from the proceeds of crime, and yet there is alarming evidence to that effect.”

If you haven’t been following the reports closely, here are 10 things to know about the Zondo reports.

1. Facilitators

The Zondo Commission has so far released four reports comprising 12 volumes that focus on the efforts of former president Jacob Zuma, the Guptas, and associates to capture the state and its entities.

The affected institutions and entities are the National Treasury, Transnet, the South African Revenue Service (SARS), the South African Airways (SAA) Group, Denel, and Eskom.

Complicit parties to state capture include McKinsey, Regiments, Trillian, Bain, and EOH.

Erstwhile ministers and heads of government departments, who served

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