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The costs of the ANC’s decision far outweigh the benefits

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10 Jul 2020
PREMIUM!
The costs of the ANC’s decision far outweigh the benefits

ANC secretary general Ace Magashule holds a media briefing to discuss the outcomes of its four-day National Executive Committee meeting at Luthuli House, Johannesburg, 2 October, 2019. Picture: Emmanuel Croset

In October last year, former national chairperson of the ANC, Baleka Mbete, wrestled with Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan on the latter’s Head to Head programme at the Oxford Union debating society in the United Kingdom. It was, to say the least, a harrowing 49 minutes. Pressed to explain her’s and the ANC’s posture to a fellow comrade who returned to jail for a less noble deed after 1994, Mbete ventured a remark she should rather have steered clear of: “In the ANC political life,” she mused, “we look at things sometimes not exactly the way other people see them.” Fast...

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