This editorial appeared in The Times this morning: The howls of outrage over the ANC's election "war room" are predictable in South Africa's fractured political landscape‚ but a closer look at the substance of the document included in court papers which reveal the existence of the plan provides a different perspective. The “alternate truth” - if you'll forgive our cheap reference to the parlance of our times - is that this is material to fuel a hearty chuckle rather than a national furore. Let’s shelve our indignation for a moment and consider the picture painted in the document filed at court by Sihle Bolani‚ the public relations consultant suing the ANC for several million rand for “war room” work. There is little that has been filed so far that challenges the ANC’s denials that it had sanctioned the “war room” plan. An offer by the party to pay Bolani was to settle the “dispute” and not an acknowledgement of any contractual obligation.

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