‘Not all arms of state have been captured’

Analysts say certain aspects of these arms, like municipalities, have become prone to corrupt practices.

FILE: A discussion on what state capture really means for the nation took place at the Kingsmead Book Fair. Picture: freeimages.com

JOHANNESBURG - Political analysts say not all of South Africa's arms of state have been captured, however, some systems within the three tiers have become dysfunctional.

A discussion on what state capture really means for the nation took place at the Kingsmead Book Fair, which is being chaired by _City Press _editor Ferial Haffajee.

Speakers at the debate say while the executive, legislature and the judiciary remain in healthy condition, certain aspects of these arms, such as municipalities, have become prone to corrupt practices and patronage.

Political analyst Justice Malala says the Gupta family is a drop in the ocean when discussing state capture and the stealing of public funds and resources.

Commentator JJ Tabane says the African National Congress needs to lose some of its power in order for real change to take effect.

The pair believe the ruling party is likely to win this year's local government elections, but municipalities such as Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth may hotly contested.