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UNDER pressure the African National Congress (ANC) has historically relied on one red herring above all others to negate responsibility and divert attention from dissatisfaction with its own performance: a "third force", be it the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or white supremacists, is supposedly the root cause of its many and varied problems.Always unseen, never proven and yet constantly alluded to, its claims to this effect are the ultimate abdication of agency. The implication is that, inside and outside of the government, secretive foreign forces are at work, manipulating the South African people and causing mayhem and instability.The end game is always "regime change" and more often than not, "agents of the West", "western forces" or "western imperialism" serve the "agenda" of the hostile ideological architect behind it all.In this way the ANC is nothing but a victim. And if anything sells in SA, it is victimhood. We fairly revel in the stuff. You can see it on every level;...

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