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In June 2022 Chief Justice Raymond Zondo handed the final report of the Zondo
Commission to President Cyril Ramaphosa. The report was the culmination of nearly four years of investigation into ‘state capture’ in South Africa by the
Commission, which is officially known as the Judicial Commission of Inquiry
into Allegations of State Capture.

The Zondo Commission and its six reports give us a rich resource with which to
think and to act against state capture and wider forms of corruption in the country. It provides strong evidence of state capture, and it provides detailed insight into how state capture was organised and facilitated by some leaders in both the public and private sectors. The Commission’s reports also provide us with a set of recommendations which should be actively debated, and which should lead to concrete action by those in both public and private

This brief provides a short, basic summary of the work and findings of the Zondo Commission, and is intended to support informed discussion and debate about how South Africa can better insulate its public institutions from abuse and ensure they work for the benefit of all.