Keynote Address to ANC Stalwarts and Veterans National Consultative Conference, November 2017  I was asked to express my understandings of the current state of our country in my capacity as an independent observer.  I am neither a Stalwart nor a Veteran of the ANC. Speaking on my own behalf, and carrying no mandate, I can speak with some freedom, albeit with no small measure of trepidation. I would like to begin from the following premise. The scourge of corruption in South Africa today has gone beyond being a matter of law and order. The notion of law and order applies to a “state of society where the vast majority of the population respects the rule of law, and where the law enforcement agencies observe laws that limit their powers. Maintaining law and order implies dealing firmly with occurrences of theft, violence, and disturbance of peace, and rapid enforcement of penalties imposed under criminal law,” and, I should add, by constitutional mandate. But what has happened in South...

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