For a party used to leaning to plausible deniability as a defence, the ANC’s crimes of conflation are now undeniable. This week, the race to the general elections took another twist with the publication of a book about the actions of a certain Ace Magashule. As the secretary-general of the ANC, Magashule wields enormous political power within the party, and for as long as it remains in charge of the government that power extends to the state itself. While the book is essentially a chronology of the various shenanigans that occurred primarily in the Free State during Magashule’s lengthy premiership, which have been reported before, no single reference point has sought to piece it all together so comprehensively before. In response to the publication of the book the ANC issued an aggressive broadside denouncing it all as an Orwellian plot aimed at derailing its election campaign. And yet after recovering from the hyperbole one is left with a disturbing picture of what the ANC is becom...

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