The first part of a report into state capture and corruption in South Africa released by President Cyril Ramaphosa puts a spotlight on the administration of former President Jacob Zuma and prominent private sector figures.
Named in the 874 page first part of the three-part report are, Dudu Myeni, the former chair of South African Airways board, Brian Molefe the former CEO of South Africa’s power utility, Eskom and Tom Moyane, the former Commissioner of the South African Revenue Authority.
The Zondo report did not leave South Africa’s ruling party, the African NationaL Congress, unscathed. It lays out a paper trail showing how the ANC was on two occasions funded by companies that were granted corrupt tenders. Despite the ANC revelations, President Ramaphosa vowed to act on the recommendations of the report, which calls for those named to be brought to justice.
“They will be implemented. We take this work of the Zondo commission very serious to end state capture,” he said.
The corruption report was produced under the authority of Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, who chaired the commission of inquiry.
South African political analysts say they are not surprised by the findings of the Zondo report, highlighting that the ruling party has been linked to corruption several times.
One, Sandile Swana, told VOA that “most of the time the state capture was also for the benefit of senior cadres in the African National Congress and the African National Congress itself.”
But opposition leader John Steenhuisen is doubtful of the impact of the Zondo report on South Africa’s corruption fight, stating “I think the momentous moment will come when we start to see the first convictions, the first imprisonments, the first civil recoveries and the first sackings,”