On September 7 2017, in a fit of hyperbolic bluster typical of the man, then police minister Fikile Mbalula declared in parliament, “Don’t worry about the thugs who are hijacking the state, I am going to finish them before Christmas.” Christmas came and went. So did Mbalula’s job. And, if Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s book is anything to go by, the thugs are doing just great. Thus, this week Mbalula, now the head of the ANC’s election campaign, would complain that all these allegations of corruption were hurting the party’s election effort It is difficult to know what exactly to make of the ANC’s election campaign so far. It’s a shambolic mess to be sure, but quite why that is, is hard to say. The problems are many and various. There is the corruption, of course. And a lot of it, exemplified by a party list that reads more like a criminal charge sheet. Eskom is, so far as the opposition goes, the gift that keeps on giving (to the extent that the DA seems to have abandoned its jobs message ...

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