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State capture at a local level – a case study of Nelson Mandela Bay

“This paper is an attempt to reflect on the result of 18 months of work in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, during which I was part of an intervention team appointed by the then Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Pravin Gordhan. Except where explicitly referenced the information contained in this report has been based on my own experience and interpretation of events. This has been augmented with publically available media reports, public Council and municipality reports, and interviews conducted with various stakeholders during the last 18 months. ” – Crispian Olver