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First up is Justice Malala's unmissable Monday morning column. Today he reflects on the meaning of the recent ANC policy conference under the headline The hollowed-out ANC is heading for implosion. His conclusion is that the ruling party has failed to confront any of the country's serious policy issues and is heading for implosion. An extract: Many of the people who were at the ANC’s national policy conference last week will tell you what a disaster it was. The party — faced with a 27.7% unemployment rate, a junk credit rating, a recession, racial polarisation, increasing protests and, crucially, a corrupt and incompetent president in thrall to the Gupta family — emerged after six days of talks without a single coherent policy to revive the economy. Neither was there a coherent programme on any other issue, except a nonsensical call for the nationalisation of the Reserve Bank. Despite this gargantuan failure, even the “good guy” in this ANC firefight, Cyril Ramaphosa, continued to d...

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