When former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene’s story erupted, several pundits I deeply admire, and from whom I have learnt much, said things against which I protest from the bottom of my soul. The Nene revelations show how naive some people are, they said; the story of the ANC is not good versus bad; the organisation is corrupt, finish and klaar. This analysis isn’t right — and it is dangerous because it does the work of those who intend to do SA grave harm. The analysis starts off badly because its intended opponent does not exist. Who in their right mind ever thought that the good people were all on one side, and the bad all on the other? Never mind Deputy President David Mabuza. From the beginning, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign to be ANC president was backed by Eastern Cape politicians notorious for their corruption and by senior figures in the Gauteng ANC with dirty hands. Anyone who thought that Ramaphosa’s camp was all good must have had a blindfold wrapped around their f...

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