“State capture” may sound like an academic concept; but in South Africa, it has become a terrible reality. It refers to private companies colluding with public officials to shape the country’s institutions in their favor. 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 – who since the publication of the article has died in a car accident giving rise to speculations about a possible assassination.
About the Author
Mark Gevisser is a journalist and author of Lost and Found in Johannesburg: A Memoir.