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Editorial: Arrests expose the rot in the ANC

The ANC has used its power to create networks of patronage. And this means going after corruption will cost the party financially

Rid the infrastructure spend of patronage in the post-Covid-19 reconstruction

This can be done by making the project’s 30% of the budget for local broad-based black economic empowerment a separate budget to break the feedback loop that greases the wheels of patronage.

Reining in the public protector

As well as its scathing findings on Mkhwebane’s investigation into Ramaphosa, the high court also made important in-principle pronouncements

How to refresh SA’s jaded democracy

We should look to the Philippines, where barangays, or neighbourhood governments, help to empower communities

​Three Ps against progress

The level of outrage at wrongdoing should be weighted by harm done to the vulnerable. Instead, the Ombud seems more sensitive to harmed privilege

Economic exclusion feeds the politics of patronage in South Africa

President Jacob Zuma is part of a faction which embraces patronage politics writes Steven Friedman

​Amnesty ‘not the answer’ for Zexit

Indemnifying Zuma from prosecution is unlikely to pass legal muster, experts say.

Editorial: Eskom hand-out gets red card

Parastatals are not primarily seen as development drivers or even as providers of services answerable to citizens, but as a source of patronage.

ANC donors should expect nothing in return, says Mkhize

Those who make a private donation to the ANC should not expect anything in return, newly-elected treasurer general Zweli Mkhize has said.

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