Publication of the first hundred or so names of ANC members nominated for the National Assembly after the May 8 elections has been greeted, rightly, with anger, disappointment and uproar. Prominent on the list are some of the great actors for Jacob Zuma in the state capture drama of his years in office. Malusi Gigaba is on the list, so is Bathabile Dlamini, so is Faith Muthambi and so is Nomvula Mokonyane.

It is the end, my Twitter feed tells me every 10 seconds or so, of the Ramaphosa dream. He clearly has no control of the ANC if this is the list it has produced, and we are all doomed. Oh, and the ANC will now almost certainly lose its national political majority. Because I’ve been supportive of Ramaphosa’s presidency, all sorts of fingers are being pointed at me. What you gotta say now @bruceps? sort of thing. Well, if anyone can find me writing that the ANC, the party, was going to renew itself now Zuma had gone, it would do me good to be reminded when and where. My hope for Ramaphosa has always been that he could begin the work of restoring our institutions and our economy. The ANC itself is beyond redemption. I knew it in exile in London. It was a wreck then and it’s a wreck now. In exile it was drunk, self-pitying and miserable. Its leaders railed against the West yet declined to live in the East, preferring England. I remember attending ANC public meetings where Oliver Tambo w...

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