Extract You should have seen Ace Magashule on Saturday — he was indignant; he was angry. Like an individual to whom a grave wrong has been done, he nearly frothed at the mouth. The ANC’s discredited, scandal-soaked secretary-general stood in front of television cameras and claimed that state organs are being used to fight internal ANC political battles. He said both his phone and that of his deputy, Jessie Duarte, were tapped. He did not offer any evidence for this, of course, or tell us to what end this was being done. Right behind Magashule as he whined and whinged was a man wearing a white ANC cap. As Magashule claimed he knew he has been tapped, the man pulled his cap further down over his face. He was right to do so, because that man knew that Magashule merely had to turn around to him to be told that he was talking utter nonsense. The man standing behind Magashule was David Mahlobo, the political lightweight plucked from obscurity by former president Jacob Zuma in Mpumalanga...

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