Lone cheerleaders and ‘young’ cadres: ANC, this is rock bottom

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Lone cheerleaders and ‘young’ cadres: ANC, this is rock bottom

When your most prominent backer is Carl Niehaus and 46 qualifies Mzwandile Masina as ‘young’, the bar is very low

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The golden rule of the ANC’s National Executive Committee meetings is clear: what happens in Cadre Vegas stays in Cadre Vegas.

Safe behind the furry wall of silence, NEC members are free – and actively encouraged – to let it all hang out, airing opinions or asking questions that would be denied, disavowed or otherwise dismissed as heresies or fantasies were they ever produced in a more public setting.

For the party’s paranoid, secretive mandarins, it must be a very appealing system. For those of a slightly more dramatic temperament, however, it’s clearly torture, and possibly explains why Tito Mboweni’s late-night Twitter explosions tend to look so much like his cooking: you can see that something is being dissected, tenderised, stuffed, semi-broiled and partially scalded, but you can’t quite make out what it’s supposed to be...

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