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The ANC is allowing itself to be pushed out as the dominant force in our politics, presumably unwittingly. As democracy retreats worldwide, SA was given a scary foretaste this week outside the state capture inquiry of what is to come if it continues on its current trajectory. If the ANC does not realise that the EFF's attacks on its ministers are an attack on the party and democracy itself, it is hopelessly naive and has lost the political acumen and maturity it was once — a long time ago, admittedly — renowned for. The radical views of those at the fringe of society have been shown to come to the fore during times of economic crisis and political collapse. Writers in Venezuela and Brazil can attest to this as South America reels from the rise of fascism. In SA, the situation is ripe for the country to follow the same path. The state is already buckling under the weight of more than a decade of maladministration, rot and looting. Witness testimony under oath before the commission of...

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