The political rhetoric of the past week has been explosive, which was predictable enough given there is less than a year before a critical election for the ANC after a decade in which its standing as the leader of society has been dramatically eroded. Taking a step back, it is clear that the party’s decision to amend the Constitution to explicitly enable the expropriation of land without compensation is motivated by a desire to reclaim the political capital it has squandered over the past decade. It is simply electioneering, by a party that is paying dearly for its failure to heed society during the reign of its miscreant-in-chief, former president Jacob Zuma. Zuma was both a cause and now an effect of the party’s deer-in-the-headlights approach to his presidency. Ahead of the 2014 election, the party nationally failed to heed warnings by its Gauteng provincial executive over the impact both e-tolls and corruption were having on the electorate in the country’s most populous province...

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