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State capture extends beyond SOEs, SACC tells MPs

Parliament's Public Enterprises Committee will also hear from the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the State Capacity Research Group.

FILE: Atul Gupta at a New Age Business Briefing in Port Elizabeth. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Council of Churches (SACC) has told MPs that the problem of state capture extends beyond state-owned companies like Eskom, Prasa, Denel and SAA.

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana was addressing Parliament's Public Enterprises Committee on Tuesday morning, which is preparing to launch an inquiry into power utility Eskom, including its relations with the Gupta family.

The committee will also hear from the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the State Capacity Research Group.

All three have published reports dealing with state capture and corruption.

The SACC’s Bishop Malusi Mpulwana says state capture is of such a scale it’s a threat to the country’s democracy.

"A large-scale design, a nefarious Mafia-style control of public enterprises and other significant governmental agencies and state organs and careful analysis makes the case for the following observable trends of inappropriate control of state systems through a power that is pivoting around the president of the republic."

Mpumlwana says state capture extends further than state-owned entities and has also infected other organs of state, reaching down to provincial and local government

He’s made it clear that churches have a duty to speak out on state capture, rejecting President Jacob Zuma’s assertion that they should concern themselves only with religious matters.

The committee's inquiry is expected to get underway in earnest next week.

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