Names are dropped right and left, eye-watering amounts of money are recounted; the testimonies are all spiced with the most banal details from the make of handbags that were stuffed, the brands of liquor or even the secret corporate logo on the party birthday cake, which only serve to authenticate rather than detract.
Angelo Agrizzi, the erstwhile chief operations officer of the billion-rand facilities company once known as Bosasa, has gifted us the opportunity to recalibrate the concept of state capture. It was easy for some to demonise a single Indian family and a single Zulu family, and a handful of hangers-on at the Saxonwold Shebeen, but the truth of the matter is that the rot spread far further.
As @Errol pithily mused on Twitter this week: “The Guptas thought they owned Zuma, they didn’t know that they were actually shareholders only. Zuma had many owners, he should have been listed on the JSE.”
The other truth is that much of this is not new. There have been stories about Bosasa and its evil influence for years - thanks to the same media that tracked the malign influence of the Guptas and all the other smallanyana skeletons Bathabile Dlamini famously alluded to.