It is difficult to square ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa’s outraged response to the DA’s call for his party to appear before the Zondo commission with the so-called "new dawn". Kodwa’s mewling response proclaiming the ANC’s virtues rather reminded me of that famous Ralph Waldo-Emmerson quip: "The louder he talked of his honour, the faster we counted our spoons." In any event, the explosive testimonies of Mcebisi Jonas and Phumla Williams have completely upended Kodwa’s argument. Kodwa has also been at great pains to cast the Zondo commission as some brainwave of the ANC; he seems to believe the very fact that the commission is taking place somehow exonerates the ANC from any wrongdoing.

This is absurd and almost as ridiculous as arguing that because the National Party participated in a democratic election in 1994 they were magically absolved of their undemocratic conduct of the previous 40 years.

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