The civil servants who resisted are the real state capture heroes

- | 3 months ago

The names Thabo Ntshisi and Christine Anderson don’t mean anything to a lot of South Africans.

These two, a major and a colonel in the South African National Defence Force, are the people that then chief of state protocol Bruce Koloane leaned on to authorise the landing of the infamous private Gupta aircraft at Air Force Base Waterkloof. In the controversy that followed the exposure of the landing of the wedding guest-carrying aircraft, Colonel Anderson was left facing disciplinary action for authorising the landing, while the man who name-dropped Jacob Zuma to threaten her to break the law got a promotion to become the country’s ambassador to the Netherlands.

Former Business Day editor Songezo Zibi pointed out in a series of tweets how the state capture project had been so destructive to the careers of many individuals, most of whom were black, when they stood up to unlawful instructions by the principals of state capture.

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