While the clean-up of the government in the wake of the state capture project is continuing apace, there is little evidence that any sort of reform is taking root in the governing party. In fact, a vicious fightback has begun from looters who face jail time for their conduct. Unsurprisingly, the ANC appears to be the main battleground for this rebellion. Despite this, the party continues to use unity as its mantra, but it is a unity that is preventing any chance of reform or renewal. Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo captured the dire state of the ANC during evidence led by former mining minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi this week that painted a harrowing picture of the state of the party during former president Jacob Zuma’s second term, at the height of state capture. Ramatlhodi described the situation as “sheer madness”, in which Zuma could not be held accountable because his “slate” had packed the national executive committee with acolytes who would not disagree with him. Those who spo...

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