JONNY STEINBERG: Not so fast with the myth of ANC’s sudden fall from grace
Party’s past was full of bravery and courage but it was also full of ugliness and deceit
According to a common narrative, the ANC was once an outstanding organisation run by outstanding people. Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo: these were the leaders of a golden generation. Then Jacob Zuma took over the ANC and turned it almost overnight into a cesspit of corruption. The story is one is of a rapid decline from greatness to venality.
There is something to this nostalgic story, certainly. Mandela, Sisulu, Tambo: they were without doubt extraordinary political figures the likes of which are rare now. But the tale of decline from greatness is vastly overplayed. ..
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