You cannot be a supporter of the African National Congress (ANC) without favouring state capture any more than you could previously be a supporter of the National Party (NP) without being in favour of apartheid.
Even though a growing number of people in the African National Congress (ANC) as well as in the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) are bewailing the goings-on between President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family, one thing the two parties and their union allies have always had in common is commitment to bring about a National Democratic Revolution in South Africa.
Key components of this revolutionary agenda include deploying loyal party cadres to capture all centres of power. The policy has been zealously implemented ever since the ANC came to power. There has never been any secret about it.
Few of the ANC and SACP supporters currently up in arms at the president's behaviour have ever objected to this policy of state capture. In their eyes, what Mr Zuma has done wrong is to abuse it. Instead of using it to commandeer the state to benefit his party and its communist and union allies, he has used it to enrich himself, his family, and their business associates, some resident in Saxonwold, others at the helm of one or another state-owned company.
When the head of one such company, Eskom, used his position some years ago to secure funding for the ANC via Chancellor House, there was little objection from all those ANC luminaries now queuing up to save South Africa from Mr Zuma.
Nor had very many of them objected when President Thabo Mbeki and the then speaker of the National Assembly, Frene Ginwala, torpedoed the investigation by the parliamentary standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) into the R47 million arms deal out of which the charges now facing Mr Zuma arise. Mr Zuma's never-ending attempts to thwart investigations into his behaviour merely echo a precedent set 17 years ago by the ANC and its obedient parliamentary caucus.