Astute political analysis is not a shortcoming in the ANC or its major problem — getting the governing party to act is the issue. "An increase in corruption, factionalism, dishonesty and other negative practices seriously threaten the goals and support of the ANC," says the report on its national policy conference last July, adding: "That these practices contradict and damage our mission to serve the people and use the country’s resources to achieve development and transformation. That corruption robs our people of billions that could be used for their benefit. "That the lack of integrity perceived by the public has seriously damaged the ANC image, the people’s trust in the ANC, our ability to occupy the moral high ground, and our position as leader of society. "That current leadership structures seem helpless to arrest these practices, either because they lack the means or the will, or are themselves held hostage by them." The ANC’s own report is refreshingly honest when examining ...

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