While the crisis around state capture is deepening and those implicated in e-mails are scurrying in several different self-preserving directions, millions of South Africans are unemployed and communities live in deep insecurity. So it is not necessarily the most newsworthy, still less productive use of time to expend energies on a to-and-fro debate, at least one for its own sake, about who said and did what in the 1996-2009 period. It’s with some caution, therefore, that I am replying to Mukoni Ratshitanga’s “The problem with Jeremy Cronin and the SACP”. Mukoni was responding to my own earlier reply to his initial attack on the SACP (“Men who make their own history as they please”, Sunday Times June 4). In my first response to Ratshitanga I began by saying that we need to forge the broadest possible patriotic front across ideological divides in defence of our constitution, democracy and national sovereignty (“We must unite to defend democracy”, Sunday Times, June 11). I had hoped th...

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