Just over a month ago the US treasury made an announcement that was music to the ears of many South Africans. It came after years in which we had listened, almost weekly, to lurid revelations of how our leaders had handed over key parts of the state to a Machiavellian family in Saxonwold, Joburg.

Yet in all those years nothing happened to them. They, and their many cohorts, laughed at us.

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