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Professor Colin Bundy
Jacob Zuma and the Saga of State Capture

Monday 13.05.2024


Throughout Jacob Zuma’s nine-year presidency, corruption and crony capitalism reached new heights. Zuma’s intimate ties with the nefarious Gupta family lay at the heart of ‘state capture’ – the manipulation of the state’s decision-making processes by private interests. In this lecture, Colin Bundy also discusses the record of the African National Congress over the last 30 years, with a focus on factionalism and corruption.

Professor Colin Bundy

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Historian Colin Bundy retired after a career as an academic and university administrator. He served as vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, principal of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford. As a scholar he was best known for his Rise and Fall of a South African Peasantry and was co-author (with William Beinart) of Hidden Struggles in Rural South Africa. He has published widely on South African history and politics, and this lecture draws upon two of his books in the Jacana Pocket series: Short-changed? South Africa since apartheid, and Poverty in South Africa: Past and Present.