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Like a Bathabile out of hell, the ANC will always bat for Russia

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Like a Bathabile out of hell, the ANC will always bat for Russia

It’s long overdue, but censuring Bathabile Dlamini now while trotting out Russian apologists wouldn’t be cricket

Columnist

Now that Bathabile Dlamini has been convicted of perjury as well as fraud, South Africans are all asking the same thing: will she get a small promotion in the ANC or a big one?

Some idealists have suggested that lying under oath should be enough to force her to step aside, at least from her extremely lucrative job as chief shill of the outfit that, in another lifetime, used to be known and respected as the ANC Women’s League.

One understands their optimism. The ANC’s step-aside rule might have dribbled off Gwede Mantashe like water off an oil-slicked penguin, but he is largely untouchable, having embedded himself in the lower intestine of power, while managing to play both sides of the Ramaphosa-RET schism...

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