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Vol 61 No 18

Published 10th September 2020

South Africa

How to defend the indefensible

If ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule isn’t caught up in a prosecution, the President’s clean-up could be stopped in its tracks

Leading South Africa's delegation for crisis talks in Zimbabwe on 8 September – no matter how tortuous – must have been a welcome break for Ace Magashule, away from the cauldron of local politics. Along with a posse of top politicians allied with ex-President Jacob Zuma, Magashule has become a symbol of the era of state capture in South Africa.

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