Denial has never been a good look on the ANC, and it has backfired spectacularly in the past. 

Think back to 2011 when Fikile Mbalula shed tears as he told the party’s national executive committee that he had learnt about his promotion to minister of sport from the Guptas, not from then president Jacob Zuma. It was the first overt sign of the scale of the family’s penetration into the state, but the ANC just shrugged.  ..

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