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If farmgate proves anything, it’s that the entire ANC is unfit ...

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If farmgate proves anything, it’s that the entire ANC is unfit to govern SA

Arthur Fraser’s poor track record and motives are no reason for Cyril Ramaphosa to avoid public accounting

Songezo Zibi

In a country that continuously rains corruption scandals, it is nearly impossible to pinpoint one that’s determinative. However, the one involving a burglary at President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm may yet be definitive. It aptly demonstrates why South Africans need to move beyond the ANC and its satellites, which include opposition political parties born of its factionalism.

The complainant, Arthur Fraser, is no paragon of virtue. In his pitiful professional life, which, to our detriment, has been in the public service, he has been mired in a series of political and corruption scandals. He has never convinced anyone with a modicum of moral rectitude that he should be trusted.

His last incarnation as director-general of correctional services demonstrated one of Ramaphosa’s many instances of vacillation and poor judgment in the name of party unity. After the release of yet another devastating report detailing why Fraser is untrustworthy, the president made a futile attempt to explain why a man of such character should be entrusted with such a powerful position...

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