In South Africa, a Corruption Inquiry Airs the ANC’s Dirty Laundry
MIN READJul 29, 2022 | 22:05 GMT
Disgruntled members of the African National Congress (ANC) march to the party’s headquarters in Johannesburg, holding a poster reflecting the face of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, on July 15, 2022.
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The findings of a large investigation into corruption in South Africa will likely deepen factionalism within the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, which will risk further delaying the crucial reforms needed to repair the country's economy and its government's image. On June 22, Chief Justice Raymond Zondo delivered the grand finale of his commission’s four-year inquiry into the alleged looting of billions of dollars of government finances during former President Jacob Zuma’s tenure (2009-2018). The findings of the fifth and final installment of the investigation into “state capture” -- a type of systemic corruption in which businesses and politicians conspire to rig government decisions in their favor -- detail a vast network of corruption that extended from state-owned companies like Eskom and Transnet, to political elites and the private sector. The nearly 5,000-page report chiefly implicates Zuma, but current President Cyril Ramaphosa is also accused of mishandling allegations of...