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Farmgate is not our Watergate, but it is a watershed


Farmgate is not our Watergate, but it is a watershed

It is clear we are primed to be seduced by a checklist of modest election promises, but the dangers in this are obvious


When the ANC’s obituary is written, it will surely include the delicious irony of these final, ham-fisted attempts to recall Cyril Ramaphosa and wrench back control of the patronage machine: in the end, the party was so incompetent, it couldn’t even put together a half-decent smear campaign.

At least one essay has described the ongoing showdown between Ramaphosa and the Radical Economic Obliteration faction as “Machiavellian”, which is utterly libellous — to Machiavelli. What we’ve seen so far has been straight out of a Coen brothers comedy, complete with alleged masterminds blowing their loot on diamond teeth. I mean, if the point of the heist was to make sure someone eventually got caught, wouldn’t you at least hire some slightly more plausible perps, say, some former spies rather than a gaggle of tweens who’d won a trolley dash at Toys R Us?

I’ve also read that this is Ramaphosa’s “Watergate” moment and, while I understand the similarities between the history of the US scandal and the current allegations against the president, I’m not entirely convinced by the analogy...

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