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When the ANC’s obituary is written it will surely include the delicious irony of these final, ham-fisted attempts to recall Cyril Ramaphosa and wrench back control of the patronage machine: in the end, the party was so incompetent it couldn’t even put together a half-decent smear campaign.

At least one essay has described the ongoing showdown between Ramaphosa and the “radical economic obliteration” faction as “Machiavellian”, which is utterly libellous — to Machiavelli. What we’ve seen so far has been straight out of a Coen brothers comedy, complete with alleged masterminds blowing their loot on diamond teeth...

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