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It’s strange, but the near deluge of corruption being revealed through all the many commissions of inquiry we are having in the wake of the presidency of Jacob Zuma is not having the effect I thought it would. I thought it would be like a cleansing, a catharsis. But listening to former Bosasa executive Angelo Agrizzi tell the Zondo Commission last week about the huge web of bribes and payments made to ANC politicians and civil servants and political acolytes since way before the Guptas ever became a feature of our political life was really not cathartic at all. It was depressing. Is there simply no corner of the ANC or the state that is clean? What is worse is that the onset of the election season means that instead of hearing testimony and a hopefully soon-to-be-rejuvenated National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) then prosecuting on the basis of what it hears, evidence from people like Agrizzi will become part of the election. Agrizzi’s testimony is the equivalent of the 2017 cache of...

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