🔒 Alec Hogg: CR defends rotten ANC Cadre Deployment

I spent a productive hour yesterday discussing Helen Zille’s new book Go Woke: Go Broke with the Iron Lady of SA politics. A perfect follow-up to the equally enriching time spent reading my $11 investment (via Kindle). Among the themes is how the ANC’s elite-enriching Cadre Deployment strategy is the root cause of corruption that’s seemingly endemic in SA.

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The interview’s timing was opportune. Yesterday, SA’s national treasure called Raymond Zondo (above) proved Zille’s point while questioning Cyril Ramaphosa at the State Capture commission. CR did himself no favours trying to justify the rotten practice by claiming Maggie Thatcher – and others – did the same thing.

From this flimsy base came Ramaphosa’s assertion that “Cadre deployment cannot be faulted in principle; it is a common feature of democratic practice around the world.” Say what? So, despite it facilitating plundering that by CR’s own calculations cost taxpayers almost a trillion rand, Ramaphosa continues defending the indefensible.

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Zille joins the dots magnificently in her book, reminding us Cadre Deployment was adopted as official policy at the ANC’s Mafikeng Conference in 1997. The largesse-dispensing national Deployment Committee was created in 1998, chaired first by Zuma and later, for four years, by Ramaphosa himself. And many of us believed lunatics had stopped running the asylum.

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