Oh, to be a fly on the wall in Saxonworld!
Many years ago South African Airways used to run an advertisement which stated, "We didn't invent flying, we just perfected it". A family in Saxonworld would be entitled to make a similar claim today: "We didn't invent state capture, we just perfected it."
They certainly did not invent it. That was done long ago by various regimes, including those ruling in the name of religious, communist, or fascist ideologies, who saw control of the state as essential to consolidate their power. Separation of church and state was vital to the growth of democracy. Its absence in much of the Middle East helps to explain why the development of many of those countries has been so retarded.
In South Africa, capture of the state in the name of the national democratic revolution was a key aspiration of the African National Congress (ANC) long before it got into power. Once the South African Communist Party (SACP) had captured the mind of the ANC, the latter party's adoption of revolutionary ideology followed logically. Its main instrument was cadre deployment. There was never any secret about this, nor any opposition to it from either the SACP or the third partner in the so-called tripartite alliance, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).
Anyone who believed that cadre deployment would not be abused by cabinet ministers and party apparatchiks for personal enrichment was naive. It would nevertheless be rather entertaining now to be a fly on the wall at the famous compound in Saxonworld.
What would they be saying? First voice: "Who could have imagined in our wildest dreams that getting control of all those people running their rainbow nation would be so easy!? Absolutely a piece of cake! We have not only the president of one of the two or three largest economies in Africa dancing to our tune, but also some of his cronies in the Cabinet, plus a whole bunch of directors of various government companies. Talk about colonialism!"