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Gordhan: We can’t afford a captured state

Gordhan believes that South Africa will only attain true transformation once the rot in government and the private sector is dealt with.

FILE: Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan at The Gathering - Media Edition in Cape Town on 3 August 2017. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says that the country can't afford to have a captured state that serves narrow interests.

Gordhan was speaking at the Flagship Thought Laboratory in Alexandra on Thursday.

He says that if the state is captured, it can't play a "servant state".

“If it is there to only serve narrow interests and those of a few, what kind of state do we have? What kind of democracy do we have?"

Gordhan believes that South Africa will only attain true transformation once the rot in government and the private sector is dealt with.

“Otherwise you get no transformation, we’re only fighting for spoils of what is being left. Stage one of transformation, starting today, we ask ourselves how we can fight the rot.”

The phrase radical economic transformation has gained popularity in recent times, especially among politicians campaigning for leadership positions ahead of the African National Congress' elective conference in December.

Gordhan believes that this kind of transformation will be difficult if the status quo remains.

He says that South Africans must ask themselves who stands to benefit when this transformation occurs.

KPMG STATE CAPTURE

Gordhan recently criticised the KPMG leadership, since its disclosure of irregularities in its South African Revenue Services (Sars) report and work done for Gupta-owned companies.

KPMG has since lost some of its major clients, with The Foschini Group (TFG) being the latest company to cut ties with the firm.

At the time, he said the the leaders of KPMG played a major role as willing partners in state capture.

WATCH: Gordhan in conversation with Eusebius McKaiser

Pravin Gordhan live on 702

Watch as former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan joins Eusebius McKaiser in studio. Please add your comments or questions below or tweet #PravinOnEusebius

Posted by 702 on Tuesday, 26 September 2017

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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