Picture this: it’s 2024, the ANC has won the national election by the slimmest margin yet — a paltry 52% — and the party’s recently inaugurated president, Duduzane Zuma, is settling into Mahlamba Ndlopfu. He’s already been busy: he’s suspended national director of public prosecutions Shamila Batohi and Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago on the strength of "intelligence reports" indicating "rogue behaviour".

He’s fending off legal action over his decisions, with his adviser Dali Mpofu looking for ways to delay the suspensions being set aside. In the meantime, he’s appointed Busisiwe Mkhwebane as acting prosecutions boss, and his mentor Atul Gupta has taken over the running of the newly nationalised Bank...

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