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The Enemy Within: How the ANC Lost the Battle against Corruption by Mpumelelo Mkhabela. (Tafelberg)
The Enemy Within: How the ANC Lost the Battle against Corruption by Mpumelelo Mkhabela. (Tafelberg)

BOOK: The Enemy Within: How the ANC Lost the Battle against Corruption by Mpumelelo Mkhabela (Tafelberg)

In the second chapter of his book The Enemy Within: How the ANC Lost the Battle against Corruption (Tafelberg), News24 political analyst Mpumelelo Mkhabela adds up the number of times each president of the governing party mentioned corruption in major speeches such as the State of the Nation Address. Ironically, it is Jacob Zuma who comes out on top, with more mentions of corruption than any other president.

And, also very ironically, those presidential mentions of corruption were designed to condemn it, and supposedly to discipline party members into honesty and integrity. Thabo Mbeki, as Mkhabela recounts, took a strong anti-corruption stance when he was president, denouncing careerists who’d joined the ANC for reasons of self-enrichment, and spearheading the Anti-Corruption Act of 2004.

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