SACC State Capture Report: SA Gradually Becoming A Failed State

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While Zuma prepares himself ahead of the set date for his challenge against Thuli’s State capture report, SA’s council of Churches (SACC) released a fresh state capture report further detailing corruption in the state system.

Following the report of the SACC Unburdening Panel, South Africa is an inch away from becoming a mafia state.

The pannel incuded former Constitutional Court Judge Yvonne Mokgoro and former IEC chief Brigalia Bam

It was launched in April 2016 following ANC’s decision to discontinue its investigation into allegations of state capture and public statements made by some government top officials like then finance minister, Mcebisi Jonas, former ANC MP Vytjie Mentor and government spokesperson Themba Maseko.

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These officials exposed the strong influence which the controversial Gupta has over some state-owned companies and in decisions made by the executive.

According to the secretary-general of the SACC, Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana who addressed the media on the new report at the historic Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Soweto, South Africa is facing growing challenges which center not only on corruption but also on gross maladministration and loss of public trust in public institutions in the country.

Mpumlwana said citizens who could not speak up on what they know about some secret dealings of top government officials came to confess to the panel about widening corruption in government and state officials being pressured to rig tenders.

“We have come to recognise that South Africa may just be a few inches from the throes of a mafia state from which they may be no return, a recipe for a failed state,” Mpumlwana said.

The comment about South Africa becoming a failed state may not be new to many in the country as it echoes the likes of EFF’s Julius Malema who recently called for Zuma’s arrest along with his Mafia syndicates.

To say that SA is becoming a failed state as indicated by the SACC, means that the country’s political body has so disintegrated to a point where basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government no longer function properly, according to the Fund for Peace.



Simply put, a failed state is unable to effectively maintain the essential features of the state.

A failed state can be described as having the following characteristics:

  • Failed economic infrastructure and health care system
  • Erosion of legitimate authority to make collective decisions
  • Failed educational system
  • Inability to interact with other states as a full member of the international community

Above all, a failed states often have a very rich minority that take advantage of the failed system, – like SA now experience with new going round about moves by the Gupta family, along with other rich, top government officials to capture the state-own sectors.

South Africa is now characterized as on of the African countries that are constant habitat for procreation of corruption and criminal acts, where government officials embezzled public funds with confidence, knowing they are well covered and protected.

SACC Mpumlwana who spoke further on the challenges of the country, said most of the people who came to the panel to unburden were reluctant to talk to lawyers who were part of the group, saying they just wanted to talk to the priests instead.

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Again, the council’s secretary-general also pointed out that South Africa had a serious problem if citizens were afraid of an elected democratic government.

“What has emerged … I’m telling you, it’s disconcerting. It now seems that the problem is far greater than corruption but organised chaos. We have now come to learn that what appears to be chaos and instability in government may well be a systemic design of the madness that ills our political environment, a chaotic design,” he said.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma’s challenge to the Public Protector’s State Capture report has been set down for three days in October.

Zuma indicated late last year that he would take the report by former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on judicial review and the report recommends that Zuma establish a commission of inquiry, but it must be headed by a judge selected by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

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