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That Mabuza allegedly channelled education funds earmarked for children of the poor to bolster his standing and advance his political fortunes to the national stage turns the stomach.

In the meantime children in the province he lorded over as premier – one of our most corrupt provinces – died in pit latrines.

One little child suffocated in waste with his hand desperately reaching out above the faeces.

I will never forget that image presented by the authors of this sombre analysis of the state of education and politics in this country.

When one of the world’s most respected newspapers, The New York Times,  publishes an extended essay alleging education corruption that occurred under  Deputy President DD Mabuza you would expect a crisis response from the ruling party. Instead, there is a deadly silence from both the party and the president. Thanks to the New York Times’s Saturday article the whole world now knows of the depth of the corruption that allegedly took place  in Mpumalanga under Mabuza, then the premier, and how seriously compromised President Cyril Ramaphosa evidently is. That Mabuza allegedly channelled education funds earmarked for children of the poor to bolster his standing and advance his political fortunes to the national stage  turns the stomach. In the meantime children in the province he lorded over as premier – one of our  most corrupt provinces – died in pit latrines. One little child suffocated in waste with his hand desperately reaching out above the faeces. I will never forget that image p...

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