“In 2010 government spokesperson Themba Maseko was called to a meeting at the Gupta’s Saxonwold house and asked by Ajay Gupta to divert the government’s entire advertising budget to their media company. When he refused to do so, he was forced to resign from the government a few months later.
When, in 2016, the ANC NEC called on members with evidence of wrongdoing by the Guptas to make an official submission to the party, Maseko was the only person to do so. His statement helped to expose state capture at a time when former president Jacob Zuma vehemently denied it and helped to set in motion the process that culminated in the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.
This deeply personal and revelatory account describes the challenges faced by a civil servant who refused to be ‘captured’ and his disillusionment at how the principles of the struggle were undermined during the Zuma era, as well as the impact his whistleblowing had on his personal and professional life.”
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