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ANALYSIS | Mutually assured destruction: Why the ANC cannot act against corruption

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Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems at the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, May 9, 2015.
Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems at the Victory Day parade at Red Square in Moscow, May 9, 2015.
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During the Cold War the "madman" theory held that because the Americans and Soviets could destroy each other with their nuclear arsenals they wouldn't dare launch a first strike. This seems to be the reason why the ANC cannot act against corruption, argues Pieter du Toit.

During the Cold War it was thought that the "madman" stratagem would keep both superpowers - the US and Soviet Union - in check.

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