The ANC seems to think that corruption is something that only worries white people, big business, liberal blacks and the media. For people such as the party’s secretary-general, Ace Magashule (the man who seems to actually run the organisation nowadays, or at least wants to give the impression that he does), and others, if you point out the ANC’s devastation of the country through corruption you are swiftly labelled a turncoat, a “702 Black”, a treasonous running dog of capital, an Uncle Tom or something worse.

It’s very boring. The real problem, and one that should exercise the minds of the good people left in the organisation, is that the ANC’s corruption hurts the party’s noble goals more than anything else in the country. Corruption isn’t just stealing from the poor. Its consequence is that it sabotages future attempts to uplift the poor and put food on their tables — it tips the country further into an unbreakable cycle of poverty.

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