There are two names and two dates that stand out in the SA Council of Churches’ Unburdening Panel report into state capture.
The first name is that of President Jacob Zuma, the Gupta family’s entry point into grabbing control of the South African state and its entities. The second name is Malusi Gigaba, whose appointment as minister of public enterprises led to whole-scale changes in parastatals and the installation of Gupta-aligned directors.
The standout dates are April 2009, the inauguration of Zuma and the beginning of the pay-off for the Guptas’ investment in the unlikely president. The other is November 2010, Gigaba’s arrival at public enterprises, where he replaced an uncooperative Barbara Hogan.