There is an irritating habit among ANC people when they respond to revelations of spectacular corruption and impropriety by party leaders. “It’s nothing new. We’ve known about it for a long time,” they say disdainfully. It is a strange thing to brag about. Knowing about corruption and gangster activity and not doing anything about it is not only criminal, it adds to the culture of cover-ups and political complicity that has crippled the state. The propensity to dismiss media reports exposing the extent of the rot as old news diminishes the impact. Many people also joke about the crimes committed by their comrades. The revelation by this newspaper last week that Libyan money was moved from former president Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home to Eswatini to launder it is the latest scandal to invoke mirth and mockery. A number of ANC leaders told me they were aware that Zuma had stashed money he had received from former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. They laughed it off as part of the former p...

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