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Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo’s judicial commission investigating the alleged plunder of state funds during former president Jacob Zuma’s rule began public hearings on Monday that could have dire consequences for the ANC. The probe is likely to implicate a number of the ANC’s past and serving leaders in state capture, which will inflict reputational damage it can ill afford as it gears up for elections in 2019. Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, who now oversees state companies, has said that more than R100bn may have been stolen. "The ANC will be on trial through this commission," said Ralph Mathekga, a Johannesburg-based independent political analyst. "This commission is likely to reveal the extent to which the ANC has been compromised." Cyril Ramaphosa won control of the ANC in December and became president two months later after the party forced Zuma to step down following a scandal-marred tenure that lasted almost nine years and caused it to bleed support. While Ramap...

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