What is it like to run a meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC)? Can you do it with a straight face? Say the issue of corruption with regard to the revelations at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture comes up. The party’s national chair, Gwede Mantashe, we now know, will have to recuse himself. He has to if he has any conscience left, because last week we heard Richard le Roux, Bosasa’s former head of special operations, testifying in excruciating detail how the company installed state-of-the-art security features at the homes of Mantashe and others. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa would have to recuse himself from the meeting because, well, either he or his son received R500,000 from Bosasa in what was a murky contribution to his election campaign. If these two men recused themselves, who else in the room is not tainted? We know that NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane demanded (and got), over and above security installations at her house, frozen chicken, braa...

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