A new report placing state capture and the South African Social Security Agency under the microscope has made some very disturbing findings.
The report illustrates that state capture is not just a form of ‘grand corruption’ resulting in a financial loss to the state and taxpayer, but it is a political project that has had a direct, negative, impact on the poorest and most vulnerable in society.
The report is titled "How One Word Can Change The Game: A Case Study Of State Capture And The South African Social Security Agency."
Co-Director of the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at University of Stellenbosch, Prof Mark Swilling says that title refers to an attempt to manipulate the tender document in 2012 which resulted to the disaster that is now experienced at Sassa.
What happened is that a document emerged out of the minister's office which states that what is required is a company with a biometric capability for determining whether you are still alive or not and this is no longer a prefered requirement but a requirement that must be met.— Prof Mark Swilling, Co-Director of the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at University of Stellenbosch
So that shift from prefered to meet made all the difference.— Prof Mark Swilling, Co-Director of the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at University of Stellenbosch
According to Swilling, the previous reports on state capture talk about how the Gupta family connived with the Zuma family to get their hands into the state-owned companies and loot them.
But the current report shows how state capture is a systematic process that goes beyond the two families, which involves the ANC Women's League, Minister Bathabile Dlamini and a network of character who manipulated the institutional arrangements and regulations to favour Cash Paymaster Services.
We suggest that there has been legal looting and we think we should focus more on how CPS is actually the culprit in manipulating the weakness of the state and the incompetence in the minister's office to secure an advantageous contract for itself, which effectively is an illegal contract which the constitutional court said it must continue because the system will collapse and 17 million grant recipients will not get their payments.— Prof Mark Swilling, Co-Director of the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition at University of Stellenbosch
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : State capture goes beyond the Gupta and Zuma families, study reveals