Flash Briefing: State Capture report fallout; JHB coalition collapse gets physical; Bain withdraws from BLSA

  • Jacob Zuma has launched yet another legal challenge against the State Capture Commission, attacking acting chief justice Raymond Zondo’s appointment. Zuma argues that Zondo’s conduct against him – after he tried to have the commission head recuse himself – demonstrated bias against the former president. This includes the commission’s application to the Constitutional Court to hold Zuma in contempt, which ultimately led to his arrest. The State Capture Commission first report places Zuma front-and-centre in state capture, finding he was an active participant in the events that led to many of South Africa’s institutions falling into the hands of the Gupta family.
  • The multiparty coalition governing the City of Johannesburg has decried the behaviour of ANC and EFF councillors in the municipality, after they collapsed council and brawled, resulting in injuries. All other parties in the council have blamed the two parties for the chaos and called on their national leaders – including ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa – to bring their members in line. The ANC caucus leader accused the council of bullying the party and dismissing its concerns around voting procedures. The coalition has accused the ANC of being unwilling to give up power and warned that this was a sign of things to come after the national election in 2024.
  • Facing backlash for its involvement in the erosion of the SA Revenue Service (Sars) under state capture, US-based management consultancy firm Bain has withdrawn its membership from Business Leadership SA (BLSA). Bain, one of the leading global consultancy firms, has been implicated in part one of the state capture report, which found that it, along with former Sars commissioner Tom Moyane and former president Jacob Zuma, were central to the attempt to destroy the tax agency. Giving no reasons for its sudden withdrawal of its BLSA membership, Bain has denied the findings of the state capture report, saying that though it had “made mistakes” in its work with Sars, it did not wilfully support state capture at the revenue service or elsewhere.
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