Two of the most important political issues facing SA today are clearing up the mess left by corruption and state capture, and implementing economic reform to put the country on a sustainable and inclusive growth path. The two challenges are intimately linked: who will develop and implement the plans and policies for growth if large parts of the state are corrupt, incoherent and incompetent? President Cyril Ramaphosa deserves credit for risking party unity by setting in motion processes that have the real prospect of leading to the prosecution of many people in the ANC’s leadership. The rule of law needs to be re-established and the principle that everyone is equal before it (however senior in the ANC or cabinet, however close to the president) firmly and speedily established. The benefits of ensuring that the corrupt face justice exceed the re-establishment of the rule of law and the cleansing and rebuilding of institutions. Another benefit of exposing and actually prosecuting and j...

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