Columns 19.9.2018 08:30 am

State capture couldn’t have happened without ANC support

The Guptas, who are synonymous with state capture, banked on – and received – ANC support. Where was Cyril Ramaphosa in all this?

Zizi Kodwa is correct, the ANC is not on trial at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. No one is on trial there. It’s an inquiry, not a court.

State capture couldn’t have happened without ANC support
State capture couldn’t have happened without ANC support

State capture couldn’t have happened without ANC support

The Guptas, who are synonymous with state capture, banked on – and received – ANC support. Where was Cyril Ramaphosa in all this?

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