The simple truth is that the ANC has been in power too long

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The simple truth is that the ANC has been in power too long

It’s been proven that lengthy incumbencies lead to parties imploding. The pity is that SA citizens are the losers

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A famous historian archly observed that “the wheel of history is often turned by the god of irony”. We have no shortage of examples of this fundamental truth.

Joel Netshitenzhe, regarded as the reigning intellect of the governing party here, popularised the adage, “the sins of incumbency”.

In June 2012, when Jacob Zuma was in the first of his ruinous two terms as president and when the rand traded at a respectable R8 to the US dollar (versus about R15 today), Ntzethitenzhe wrote a paper for his party which proposed a gloss on the ANC’s document, “Organisational Renewal”...

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