Brendan Seery
Deputy Editor
3 minute read
29 Mar 2021
5:34 am

Beware poisonous hysteria around ANC battles

Brendan Seery

Those who want to believe this tripe are willing to suspend their critical faculties because Ace and Zuma are the “bad guys”.

Supporters of the ANC's secretary-general Ace Magashule carry a huge cardboard cut-out of him when he appeared in the dock for his first court appearance on corruption charges in Bloemfontein. Picture: EPA-EFE/Conrad Bornman

There were disturbing elements about the extraordinary attack in the Daily Maverick last week by ANC intellectual Joel Netshitenzhe on Ace Magashule and Jacob Zuma … ones which went largely unnoticed. Netshitenzhe’s claimed that the RET (radical economic transformation) faction of the ANC are “SA’s own Savimbis and Dhlakamas” and that they are now “crawling out of the woodwork and showing their true colours.” Savimbi and Dhlakama were supported by the SA military during the 1980s and early 1990s. However, to correct his flawed understanding of history, Savimbi was not an illegitimate politician. In terms of international law, he was...