It is too early to establish at the moment that what is really happening right now can be termed a  coup.  The sudden emergence of the shocking news, signalling that a power elite centred around Jacob Zuma has built a symbiotic relationship between the constitutional state and the shadow state to execute this coup.

Group of academics working with the South African council of churches (SACC) on state capture says South Africa has experienced a silent coup that has removed the African National Congress (ANC) from its place as the primary force for transformation in society.

The report says that a power elite centred around President Jacob Zuma has managed to build a symbiotic relationship between the constitutional state and the shadow state to execute this coup.

Last week the SACC said that the evidence brought before its unburdening panel showed that the country was on the brink of becoming a mafia state.

This report written up by nine academics and one journalist says people who believe President Zuma is at the centre of a criminal network that has captured the state are wrong.