The ANC still thinks it lives in a pre-internet age. When Ace Magashule stood outside court last Friday spewing his political conspiracy theories and refusing to step down as secretary-general of the ruling party, he thought he was talking to his supporters.

But the whole world was listening, including any potential investors wondering if the unprecedented charging of such a senior official meant an end to the wanton state capture bequeathed to us by the lost decade under Jacob Zuma. Magashule is trying to discredit his political opponents, but he’s managing to humiliate himself and discredit the whole country...

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