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EDITORIAL | The ANC is led, the ANC is dead: Zuma meeting says it all

Its mishandling of his defiance of the courts makes us wonder: what happened to the ruling party of the 1990s?

Editorial

When the ANC officially returned to SA after almost three decades in exile, it had a catchy slogan: “The ANC Leads, the ANC Lives.”

It was as much a declaration of intent as it was a statement of reality. At the time, no meaningful discussion about the future of SA could happen without Nelson Mandela’s party. Although the Nats were still legally the governing party FW de Klerk knew he had little room to manoeuvre without first consulting the then liberation movement.

And the ANC didn’t shirk the responsibility to lead a deeply divided society towards a common future. Who can forget the inspired role played by Mandela in quelling racial tensions after the assassination of popular ANC military man and SACP general secretary Chris Hani?..

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