Under former President Thabo Mbeki, corruption was at “manageable proportions”, said head of Corruption Watch, David Lewis. “Under (former President Jacob) Zuma it consumed the state. The Arms deal under Mbeki was a serious episode, but it was discreet. The State Capture project (under Zuma) involved the capture of the key decision-making structures of the state. State-owned enterprises (SOEs) were targeted because that’s where the money is.