"State Capture" in South Africa

"State Capture" in South Africa

Visitors walk past a metal sculpture of former President Nelson Mandela in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, ahead of local government elections, July 29, 2016. Picture taken July 29, 2016. Joe Brock/Reuters
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In this episode of Africa in Transition, John Campbell speaks with Crispian Olver, a former senior South African government official, member of the African National Congress (ANC), and author of the new book How to Steal a City: The Battle for Nelson Mandela Bay. We discuss the pervasive corruption in South Africa known as "state capture," drawing on Crispian's experience rooting it out in the city of Port Elizabeth, and the state of South African politics.

John Campbell

Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies