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It has been a decade of decline and ignominy for the ANC. The gap between the ideals of the party and what it has become has never been wider. The qualitative difference between leaders of the past and the leadership available to the party today has become sharper than the contrast between night and day. But the bottom still beckons seductively to an ANC that is governed by the base and amoral political instincts of members and leaders who belong to cults that worship the power of greed and derive power from drinking opponents’ blood. The ANC has not hit the bottom yet. The day the bottom comes, it will be more spectacular than the bloody scenes at the Eastern Cape provincial conference at the weekend. To paraphrase a question about President Jacob Zuma that someone asked me at the national congress of the South African Communist Party two months ago: why do some leaders of the ANC hate the ANC, the governing party, so much?As I argued in this column a few weeks ago, there is an Ask...

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