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Expediency is the worm in the ANC’s every apple

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It will always choose the road that will get it out of the immediate fix, no matter what abyss looms down the track.


04 Jul 2020
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Expediency is the worm in the ANC’s every apple

Commuters are pictured at Bree taxi rank in Johannesburg, 29 June 2020. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark.

Here’s a fun around-the-braai-fire game for those winter nights when the national grid is down, again. What’s the single word that best explains the ANC’s dismal performance? Corruption? Incompetence? Ignorance? To my mind, virtually every milestone that marks the ANC’s mortifying failures of governance can be traced to a single characteristic – expediency. To put poet Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken to less lyrical use, every time two roads diverge in a political thicket, the ANC can be trusted to take the one not less travelled, but the one that looks easiest. It will choose the road that will...

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