Once cynical political slanders tended to be spread by backstairs whispers and knowing innuendo. Today fabricated smears are broadcast openly, rapidly amplified by social media.

In recent interviews for the crucial role of SA’s chief justice, the gruesome duo of Julius Malema and Dali Mpofu proved themselves to be shameless purveyors of fake rumours — to undermine judges that they perceive as a potential legal threat to the nefarious activities of the EFF...

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