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Surprise, surprise: national development plan is now a national disaster

The ANC won’t be meeting its NDP targets after all, but then it’s never met much more than failure

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When the show is over, and rooms which once throbbed with secrets and money and predatory intent are now full of mislabelled boxes and hollow-eyed nobodies; when the lies are recited as much as a ritual as a genuine attempt to deceive; when the best hope is to pawn the last shreds of oneself for a handful of brass beads dropped by the proper looters when they got out years ago; there comes a moment when all that’s left is the truth.

On Sunday the undead ruin of the ANC finally got there, as Mmamoloko Kubayi, Minister of Does It Really Matter Any More, announced that the party would not, in fact, be meeting the targets outlined in its National Development Plan by 2030.

It made sense that Kubayi should have drawn the short straw to drag the ANC into a new era of truth-telling. President Cyril Ramaphosa seems to be contractually banned from saying anything that might be construed as meaning anything, either way, and besides, Kubayi is the head of something called the “cabinet economic cluster”, which I assume is a thing where cabinet ministers cluster around the economy and ask questions like: “Why does it get smaller every time we kick it in the head?”..

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