I’ve long had reservations about ANC chairman Gwede Mantashe. Now, thanks to Ian Sinton’s deposition at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture, not only are these reservations back but they have mutated into radioactive judgments. On the basis of this evidence, Mantashe is as poorly in the head as I always suspected him to be. Sinton is Standard Bank’s general counsel, who was summoned to Luthuli House to explain why the bank closed the Gupta accounts in 2016. Those doing the summoning were reportedly Mantashe, Jessie Duarte and Enoch Godongwana. During the course of the discussion, Sinton and CEO Sim Tshabalala were asked: "Is Standard Bank doing the bidding of white monopoly capital?" You would expect clowns like Duarte or Mosebenzi Zwane or Mzwanele Manyi to ask a question like that. But Mantashe? We’ve always respectfully accepted Mantashe’s antipathy towards business. However, in the extremely unlikely event this bank were to do anyone’s bidding, it would be the "bi...

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