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How politically-connected syndicates captured the Nelson Mandela Bay

By Graeme Lund - Dec 14, 2016
How politically-connected syndicates captured the Nelson Mandela Bay

State Capture and the infamous 'Zupta’s' are well-known terms in South Africa, but few people are aware of the extent to which the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality was itself captured by elements of the African National Congress (ANC) and local businessmen from as early as the turn of the Millennium.

In a recently released report compiled by Crispian Olver, who was part of an intervention team appointed by the then Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Pravin Gordhan, he reveals in astonishing detail the extent to which well-known figures in the Metro conspired and worked as syndicates to capture crucial arms of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality such as housing delivery for their own gain.

The opening chapter of his report reads like a thriller and this is followed by a thorough summation of the corruption, political interference and incompetence that took place over sixteen years and ultimately led to the ANC losing their grip on Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

Read the full report, click here >>> State capture at a local level – a case study of Nelson Mandela Bay