- Mcebisi Jonas has warned that South Africa must change the way it responds to state capture or else it may be heading down a path to "destruction"
- Jonas's comments, and his new book on the topic, caused a stir on social media
- Many praised Jonas for standing up to state capture, while others slammed him as a "stratcom agent"
Former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas has published a book detailing corruption and state capture.
In interviews to promote the book, Jonas has warned that South Africa needs to change the way it deals with government corruption or else the country risks "heading for major disruptive destruction".
However, there have been mixed responses to Jonas on social media.
Jonas's book is entitled 'After Dawn' - a reference to the so-called 'New Dawn' that Cyril Ramaphosa promised to bring about, but which has left many disappointed, as the economy continues to stagnate and unemployment remains high.
Jonas touches on these economic issues in his book and attempts to provide an explanation for how we arrived in the situation we find ourselves, as well as what we maybe be able to do about it.
The former minister continues to enjoy support from various segments of the media and the public. For example, he is set to host a book launch on Monday evening to a packed audience in Hyde Park. Jonas has also been praised for not giving into state capture while in office. Notably, he claims he was offered a bribe from the Guptas which he turned down.
Jonas has his detractors, however. Many took to social media to attack Jonas in light of the launch of his book, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
One social media user, Lintloko Zeenyoka, slammed Jonas, calling the former deputy finance minister a "joke".
Another, Vuka Ningcobo, called Jonas a "stratcom agent" and dismissed his accounts of state capture as "hogwash". Similarly, another user suggested that his claim that the Guptas offered him a bribe was "fictitious".
All in all, the varied responses to Jonas may provide a glimpse into how some citizens (at least on social media) see state capture through two very different lenses.
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