The Guptas, the Public Protector’s Report and Capital Accumulation in South Africa

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Ashwin Desai
Goolam Vahed

Abstract

The relationship between South African President Jacob Zuma and his family, and the Guptas, possibly the richest family of Indian origin at present in South Africa, has made persistent national and increasingly international headlines in the media over the past few years. The Gupta family, who arrived in South Africa from India just prior to the country’s first non-racial democratic elec-tions in 1994, are accused of colluding with Zuma in the removal and appoint-ment of government ministers, as well as the directors of State-Owned Enter-prises (SOEs) in order to secure lucrative state contracts. This article examines the allegedly corrupt relationship between the Zumas and the Guptas to probe key issues in post-apartheid South African society: corruption, state capture, inequality, class formation, Black Economic Empowerment, and White Mono-poly Capital. It argues that corruption has negative consequences such as creat-ing despondency amongst the populace leading to capital flight and creating the possibilities for state capture as well as further deepening inequality.

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Desai, A., & Vahed, G. (2017). The Guptas, the Public Protector’s Report and Capital Accumulation in South Africa. Alternation Journal, 24(1), 26-49. Retrieved from https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/soa/article/view/730
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Goolam Vahed, University of KwaZulu-Natal