9 things you need to know about the #StateCaptureReport
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the news coming out of the 'State of Capture' report? We break down some of the things we've learnt so far from former public protector Thuli Madonsela's report.
1) Zuma must appoint a commission of inquiry
Madonsela's report recommends that the president appoint a judicial commission of inquiry to deal with state capture. This commission must be headed by a judge solely selected by the Chief Justice‚ Mogoeng Mogoeng (below).
2) Jonas's claims about Gupta Treasury job
The report reveals that Madonsela obtained and analysed the telephone records of people implicated by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas (below) in offering him the top job at the Treasury.
3) Optimum mine purchase 'highly suspicious'
The state capture report has found that India's Bank of Baroda played a “highly suspicious” role in the R2-billion purchase of Optimum Coal Holdings by Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration and Resources.
4) The Eskom connection
Eskom features prominently in the state capture report which sheds light on the close friendship between its CEO Brian Molefe (below) and the Gupta family. Cell phone records show that Molefe and Ajay Gupta exchanged 58 calls in eight months between 2015 and 2016.
5) SABC link to Guptas
The state capture report shows Madonsela interviewed Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema (below) and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula for her probe into alleged state capture at the SABC. In her report, she proposes that any contract or contracts awarded to the Gupta owned New Age newspaper or TNA Media by the SABC should be investigated.
6) International man of mystery
The Public Protector’s report reveals how alleged arms deal kingpin Fana Hlongwane claimed he was like an “uncle” to President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane. Fana Hlongwane (below) is an enigmatic character who has avoided close scrutiny over the years despite his name often surfacing at the centre of major controversies.
7) Van Rooyen visited the Guptas
According to the report, Minister Van Rooyen (below) who replaced Minister Nene can be placed at the Saxonwold area on at least seven occasions including on the day before he was announced as minister. Madonsela said, "This looks anomalous given that at the time he was a member of Parliament based in Cape Town."
8) ANC, Zuma have yet to comment
The president has said he will study the report before deciding on what action to take, while the ANC says it will comment on the report on Thursday.
9) Zuma may have to cough up
The high court in Pretoria said the president should pay the costs of the withdrawal of the application on an attorney and client scale. The question of whether Zuma should pay these costs in his personal capacity was reserved. Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo requested the parties to file supplemental papers on this question within seven days.
READ THE FULL REPORT HERE
READ THE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT BETWEEN ZUMA AND MADONSELA