A bank, a broadcaster and a tax collector
Less high-profile than finance minister Gordhan, reserve bank governor Lesetja Kganyago (pictured) has sounded similar warnings over state entities cutting bad deals with politically connected companies. This prompted the then public protector Madonsela to investigate claims of the Gupta family’s influence, which the Guptas deny. Now the Reserve Bank has to manage demands for a tougher line against the country’s big four banks and claims they benefited unduly, and perhaps improperly, from forex trades. Another case in the courts is the fight over Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s management at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. The Western Cape High Court ruled that Motsoeneng, another Zuma ally, was unfit and unqualified to hold any role at the state broadcaster. He was seen as trying to run it as an overt propaganda machine for Zuma. Another key Zuma ally, Tom Moyane, head of the South African Revenue Service, is widely seen as undermining credible investigations and thwarting Gordhan.