President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Monday letter was blunt in its description of the thieves who are treating the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity for enrichment. The president described them, aptly, as scavengers. “It is like a pack of hyenas circling wounded prey.”

He is surely right to say that accounts of corruption have caused outrage. South Africans can’t help but be incensed – they have a right to that...

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