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The combat for freedom from corruption

On 2 November 2016, then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela ordered a Fee of Inquiry into State Seize. Chaired by Decide Raymond Zondo, the fee started proceedings on 21 August 2018. After three years of staggering testimonies, the breadth and depth of how South Africa was captured has been laid naked for a traumatised nation to understand. Award-winning journalist Ferial Haffajee adopted the fee each step of the way in which and set about making sense of all of it in her new e book, Days of Zondo: The combat for freedom from corruption.

Learn an excerpt right here.


The primary stories began rising on 9 July 2021, as night time fell. Orange balls of fireplace lit the winter sky, and as you panned nearer, the arson targets clarified as vans being set alight. On one, eight automobiles being transported every caught alight and burnt to a cinder. Over that night time, 45 extra vans would go up in flames after their drivers had been hijacked and tossed out of the automobiles – the large freight carriers packed throughout the street to dam the freeway. About R3-billion of products transfer day by day on the N3 in an estimated 6,000 vans, in line with the Street Freight Affiliation. 

By the following morning, the arterial N3 freeway between Johannesburg and Durban was closed, and automobiles stretched for kilometres in each instructions. The mayhem had began, and it was organised. It snaked in fire-lines by that weekend, shifting into Durban and to the outskirts of Johannesburg. By Saturday 10 July, the western edges of town’s highways had been closed, blocking a key entrance into and out of Johannesburg. The mine hostels simply off the freeway had erupted into protests calling for the discharge of former President Jacob Zuma, who had been imprisoned 4 days earlier than. By dusk, the entrances into Vosloorus, Sebokeng and Tembisa had been burning as protesters put down rocks and set fires. 

By Monday 12 July, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng had been in flames as malls and warehouses had been looted for greater than 48 never-ending hours. Many had been torched, with ATMs ripped from partitions, leaving solely the carcass of twisted steel and hanging wiring. 

Over the following seven days, South Africa would lose 354 individuals in an orgy of looting and anarchy livestreamed onto tv units and into the palms of palms as individuals watched and scrolled in disbelief. Three nights later, President Cyril Ramaphosa gave a nationwide tackle. On break up screens, the looting continued as strange women and men entered procuring centres and got here out with trolleys laden whereas he spoke. It was emasculating of his Presidency. 

The destruction over seven horrifying nights would find yourself costing R50-billion, with one other R450-billion misplaced in funding and confidence (in line with the South African Property Homeowners Affiliation). The roles massacre was large – 150,000 extra individuals joined the unemployment line. Communities turned on one another in Durban, elevating the spectre of a race battle, significantly in Phoenix, the outdated working-class Indian township the place worry was racial profiling and vigilantism. 

The chaos was simply sparked from a combustive basis of inequality, poverty and unemployment, all of which had gone from pressing to disaster because the coronavirus lower its menacing path throughout South Africa. However it was additionally sparked by WhatsApp teams, which organised the looting. Teams on the chat apps despatched members directions on roads to be blocked, malls to be attacked and warehouses to be raided. This was an organised rebel. 

And within the WhatsApp teams one tackle was shared – that of Performing Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. DM/ ML

Days of Zondo is now obtainable instantly from the Daily Maverick Shop here. Retail worth: R340. We provide free supply nationwide. The e book can be in bookstores throughout South Africa from Monday 26 September.

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