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Illustrative image | Sources, clockwise from left: Former President Kgalima Motlanthe. (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla) | Former minister Siyabonga Cwele. (Photo: Gallo Images / Nardus Engelbrecht) | Former spy boss Arthur Fraser. (Photo: Gallo Images / Netwerk24 / Jaco Marais) | Former president Jacob Zuma. (Photo: Michael Nagle / Bloomberg via Getty Images) | Intelligence heads Gibson Njenje and Mo Shaik. (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla) | State Capture kingpin Ajay Gupta. (Photo: Gallo Images / City Press / Muntu Vilakazi) | Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene. (Photo: Gallo Images / Netwerk24 / Felix Dlangamandla) | Former domestic intelligence head Gibson Njenje. (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla)

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