Slowly but surely, Ace Magashule is becoming Jacob Zuma — a metonym for ANC corruption and the focal point for outrage from both the public and the fourth estate. The problem is only ever going to intensify. The ANC, however, seems entirely nonplussed. And that is fairly remarkable.

We only do “big man” politics in SA. For those better versed in the ANC’s ideology and organisational culture, the party’s inability to fight corruption is fairly unexceptional. For those who look on from the outside, and look to power and the powerful for relief, it remains a mystery. Just act? What’s the problem?

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