A mushroom cloud is gathering to rain new cash on the parched ANC

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A mushroom cloud is gathering to rain new cash on the parched ANC

Political climate change is upon us; a time for modern, sustainable corruption instead of gushing patronage

Columnist

The cycles of natural, sustainable corruption are as ancient as a silver coin rubbed smooth by the thumbs of the millennia.

Unwavering and predictable as the seasons, they have returned, year after year, century after century, perpetuating the eternal process of extraction and patronage; evaporating the sweat of the poor, drawing it up into the clouds of political hypocrisy that drift above us all, compressing it into cold, hard cash and, finally, raining it down into the already-overflowing reservoirs of the rich.

Inevitably, some of that spillage has always fallen back onto the cracked earth, perhaps in the form of bread and circuses, or salaries for soldiers and civil servants, or socialised medicine; the smallest dribble compared with the largesse sloshing about above, but still enough to keep the poor alive and sweating, and the ancient cycle in balance...

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