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Editor-in-chief Yves Vanderhaeghen.
Editor-in-chief Yves Vanderhaeghen.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane emerged as an unlikely critic of ANC secretary-general this week. Given that Mkhwebane is roundly considered to have been supportive of key figures in the state capture project, her ruling against Magashule on Monday will be seen as a departure from a series of rulings which were subsequently struck down.

Read | Mkhwebane on Vrede dairy project: Ace Magashule and co 'failed' to hold state functions to account

It will have come as an unwelcome early Christmas present for a disgraced office-bearer whose political survival is testimony to the rot in the ruling party. Mkhwebane found that there had been political involvement in the Vrede Dairy Project in the Free State, implicating Magashule and the Gupta-linked Mosebenzi Zwane.

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