The reason for this title is because I want to define the heading used by the Previous Public Protector for her report in to the alleged corruption in government.
Thuli Madonsela Titled her report “State of Capture”, the proper interpretation of this is as follows:
Ø “State” in this case referred to the word in the following context:
o The condition that someone or something is in at a specific time.
Ø “Capture” in this case referred to the word in the following context:
o Take into possession or control by force.
The context of the phrase comes from the fact that the word “Of” was used in the title “State of Capture”.
However, what was then done was to change the context so that the media had a more controversial context with in which to publicize the story. It became “State Capture”, when the context is changed the meaning of the word “State” changed to mean, “A nation or territory considered as an organized political community under one government”.
Now that make’s a huge difference and obviously the fan fair started, and the allegations got leveled and the story grew and grew and eventually became a Media conviction of parties that at the time had byet to be found guilty in a court of law.
This has then become the “State of Mind” of the public and that of the Public Servants in the employ of government agencies which form part of the Pillars of State being:
- The Judiciary
- The Legislature
- The Executive
For State Capture to exist all these Pillars need to have been extensively compromised by a majority percentage exceeding 50%. In the context of South Africa this is and was not the case.
Therefore, the out of context usage of the phrase “State Capture” was reckless and irresponsible to say the very least. All it did was create an environment where the three Pillars of State were biased in the eyes of the Law and made to act in a manner that was a result of the three Pillars of State being misled.
This a Link to the full “State of Capture” report if anyone would like to read through it:
Contrary to the depictions and storytelling in our newspapers the “State Capture” theme they have been selling the public is losing the battle for credibility and the vilification of President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family are being lost by antagonists in the courts as the Rule of Law is trumping the fan fair and exposing the agendas of those whom are in the process of actually actively engaged in a program that can be referred to as “State Capture”.