“State capture” may sound like an academic concept pulled from the pages of a political science textbook; but in South Africa, it has become a terrible reality. The term refers to private companies colluding with public officials to shape the country’s institutions in their favor. Writing for The Guardian, investigative reporter Mark Gevisser details how South Africa’s post-apartheid regime has proceeded down the dark path of state capture, using the high-profile corruption inquiry against businessman and former anti-apartheid movement supporter Gavin Watson as a case in point.
About the Author
Mark Gevisser is a journalist and author of Lost and Found in Johannesburg: A Memoir.