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The Brian Molefe saga represents an important indication of differing approaches to governance in South Africa – and who is largely stacked on either side of the ANC’S increasingly fractious internal divide. Firstly, let’s give praise where it is due. For the ANC to demand that a Cabinet Minister (Lynne Brown) rescind her decision to send Molefe back to Eskom is a milestone in the nascent creation of a culture of accountability in the governing party. Although we saw stirrings of this in the Communications portfolio last year, the widespread condemnation of Brown’s move reflects a new muscle in the caucus rank and file.

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