From the State of the Nation (Sona) debate to testimonies at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture and Caster Semenya, here are five stories that dominated headlines this week.
As the newcomers did not experience much of the higher sense of service and decency of the nationalists who became the fathers of independence, their combination with the rump of the 1966 “soldiers of fortune” who became the champions of State Capture made plunder scorched earth, and left the experience with democracy a race to the bottom and a place of despair.
Etzinger says the State Capture has also placed pressure on the power utility.
The second reason why Eskom is the proverbial whipping boy of the nation’s sullied state owned roster is because of State Capture.
When he began his testimony before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, the former Bosasa chief operations officer Agrizzi was awakened to the fact that his affidavit could incriminate him in the very unlawful acts he was charging his former employer with, especially company boss Gavin Watson.
In a pedestrian yet workman-like manner Ramaphosa outlined his five priority areas for South Africa - ones that all citizens could surely agree upon: Inclusive economic growth; Education; Improving the lives of the poor; The fight against corruption and State Capture; and Building a capable state.
We have also had to deal with the effects of State Capture on vital public institutions, including our law enforcement agencies, whose integrity and ability to fulfil their mandate had been eroded in recent years.
Agrizzi appeared as a whistle-blower before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, where he exposed the company's alleged fraudulent activity in garnering massive government contracts.
* New Directorate to investigate corruption A special investigative directorate will be set up within the National Prosecuting Authority to deal with serious corruption and State Capture, Ramaphosa said.
Picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency (ANA) Parliament - Amidst heckling from EFF MPs, targeting the ANC benches, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the revelations emerging from the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture and other commissions was deeply disturbing.