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South Africa: The Public Protector’s State Capture Report: Implications for IOCs

The Public Protector’s report into allegations of state capture released on 2 November has spelled out in some detail the degree to which the Gupta family has entrenched itself into South African politics with President Jacob Zuma’s support. The report, entitled “State of Capture,” was only released after Zuma withdrew his attempt to interdict it and was finalized shortly before Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s term expired at the end of October. Its release further escalates pressure on Zuma, but the Public Protector’s proposed remedial action of a judicial inquiry will provide Zuma with sufficient wriggle room to avoid the report leading to his immediate ousting. Yet Zuma’s political support within the ANC is diminishing, and the compounding recent developments mean that his room for maneuver is shrinking.

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