There was a time, not too long ago, when being a kleptocrat’s son was just grand. I confess I considered it as a career myself. For three seconds. But you need a crooked dad. Jacob Zuma was busy. There were benefits. You could fly across the globe freely, spend your starving compatriots’ money like there was no tomorrow and buy property in fantastic foreign locations. Not any more. It’s beginning to look a bit rough out there if your dad has been dipping into the public coffers for years while treating the National Treasury as the family’s personal piggy bank. Take Teodorin, son of the global godfather of kleptocrats, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who masquerades as president of Equatorial Guinea. Good old Teodoro has been in power since 1979. Term limits? What term limits? He came to power by removing his uncle from state house — permanently. Teodorin’s dad is one of our continent’s most brutal and corrupt rulers: opponents are jailed and murdered, and the country’s vast oil wealt...

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