We know little, but we do know the ANC is desperate to cling to ...

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We know little, but we do know the ANC is desperate to cling to power

Consider this before concluding this week’s mayhem is a result of poverty, factionalism, caution or a third force

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There is plenty we don’t know.

We don’t know, for example, the extent to which the violence and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng is the inevitable result of grinding poverty and hopelessness, ignited by the jailing of a man who was genuinely loved by millions and who endlessly promised better days, and how much is a carefully planned attack on the state, opportunistically guiding the anger of the marginalised towards targets it has selected.

We don’t know why former president Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane Zuma, instead of calling for a cessation of the violence and theft, was at pains to ask “the people that are protesting and looting, please do so carefully and please do so responsibly”...

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