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President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to give testimony before the Zondo commission on Wednesday and Thursday in his capacity as ANC president. This is a crucial opportunity for the commission to investigate, expose, condemn and outlaw the ANC’s policy of cadre deployment, which has given rise to the four greatest evils plaguing the SA state: incompetence, corruption, capture and impunity.

Formally adopted by the ANC at its Mafikeng conference in 1997, cadre deployment held the seeds of SA’s current demise. Instead of nonpartisan, merit-based public sector appointments in the public interest, as our constitution envisages, this explicit ANC policy stipulates that key positions in all organs of the state must be filled by ANC loyalists willing to do the party’s bidding, so that the ANC can “control all levers of power”...

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