Looting is just business for the Guptas

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Looting is just business for the Guptas

Shame doesn't come into the equation when you have no idea that you've done something wrong

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On Monday, local media reported that the Guptas would be getting their Estina dairy cash back after they won their court case against the National Prosecuting Authority. This seemed like a strange thing to claim, given that the Guptas will be getting our Estina diary cash back, but then what do I know about the law?
The verdict triggered a self-righteous roar from Captured Twitter, where Zumistas poured onto the digital streets to proclaim that a “real court” had dealt a blow to White Monopoly Capital and that our justice system was magnificent, except, obviously, when it ruled against Jacob Zuma or the Guptas and was clearly the plaything of George Soros.
But beyond the hilarious hypocrisy of Zuma’s fart-catchers, the verdict was a useful reminder of the current state of play.
I’ve always been dazzled by the chutzpah of the people who've looted this country.The British, at least, had the good grace to go back to Britain and not talk about where Great-Grandpappa got the very large diamond he gave Great-Grandmamma.
The apartheid goons have been far bolder, protesting from the log-bar in their wine estate that it’s not looting if white people do it and, anyway, they worked super-hard for those billions, attending at least five Armscor AGMs and going to Magnus Malan’s annual Day of the Vow party even if it was raining.
To defend your loot in court, however, takes some special chops.
I don't know about you, but if I’d been implicated in a decade-long conspiracy to dismantle a country’s democratic institutions and steal from its poor, I would probably say: "Actually, you know what? You hang onto the cars and the helicopters, and I'll just be on my way with these couple of billions."
But of course it’s not just stunning entitlement. It's business. And that’s what we need to remember about all of the Capturati as they continue to fight for every cent for the next many years.
To them, the attempted destruction of South Africa wasn't a crime. It was a transaction. They invested, and now they need to see a return. Issues of shame or dignity don’t apply. After all, when you try to sell a house and the deal goes south, you don’t feel ashamed about arguing in front of the ants that live in the walls. So why would the Capturati feel any shame about arguing in front of us?
No, the people who tried to sell South Africa want to get paid. They will not walk away.

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