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Ivor Sarakinsky | By any meanings necessary: An allegory about the ANC and corruption

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ANC supporters wave the party's flag. Photo: Reuters
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While the ANC resolutions on corruption are clear, it appears that there is no accountability from party leaders who choose to hide behind the text, instead of taking it at face value, writes Ivor Sarakinsky.

In Lewis Carol’s classic tale, Alice in Wonderland, Alice debates the meaning of words with Humpty Dumpty.

He declares that a word only has the meaning he chooses to give it. More importantly, in response to Alice’s suggestion that words have a plurality of meanings, Humpty Dumpty bluntly asserts that the only question is "which (meaning) is to be master - that's all". This "meaning dilemma", pre-empting post-modernism by nearly a century, is a driver of the latest episode of inner ANC drama and turmoil. The fractured and factionalised organisation now has to decide how, if at all, it will deal with cadres and leaders who face corruption charges.

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