The revolving door necessarily impliesconflicts of interest,which are rarely declared as such. This has become normalized and the risks associated with a public official having previously worked for a company and potentially managing private interests from their position are rarely mentioned.

Somewhat differently, inSouth Africathe revolving door can also occur between an influential political party, such as theAfrican National Congress,its members, such as trade unionists, and the State. In this regard, the dynamic is less about public officials currying favor with companies in order to obtain jobs in the private sector and more about the revolving door between union leadership and the State, which ensures that these party adherents will not tackle State capture once in office.

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