As we stumble from one outrage to the next, using the lulls between them only to gape at the last one and to brace for the next, it can be hard to see the significance of individual moments in SA. 

ANC apologists would argue that it wasn’t the real ANC that circulated a poster announcing that Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s Gangster State would be ceremonially burnt on April 15 at a dump in Mangaung. After all, the Nazi-esque bring-and-braai was organised by the Free State branch of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) and the South African Students Congress (Sasco), all three of which are little more than remoras living off the scraps that fall out of the mouth of the great predator to which they cling.  Still, whenever the ANC needs something from the kids – a courthouse mobbed, a chair thrown, a book burnt – it makes it very clear that the youth league is an integral party of the Mother Church, and that Cosas and Sasco are the zoos in which the Young Canned Lions of the future are being bred. The youth league and its pals are as ANC as Ace Magashule, no matter how loudly the New Dawnists might protest. The book-burning has now been cancelled, ...

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