18 January 2017

South Africa: Bancorp, BLF and the Radioactive Dust in Our Eyes


This is a story about how paid propaganda, real investigations, ancient cover-ups and a Chapter 9 institution have collided during the latter days of the Age of Zuma, starring Andile Mngxitama. By RICHARD POPLAK.

Over the course of the weekend, I received a series of grumpy WhatsApp messages from Black First Land First founder, Andile Mngxitama. The basic gist was that I, along with the alt-right wing London-controlled media outlet I write for, was complicit in covering up apartheid-era financial malfeasance.

I take an enormous amount of enjoyment from these love letters, which by implication link me to White white-collar crime and the loathed Economic Freedom Fighters, with whom Mngxitama famously ended his association following their electoral conference in December 2014, and who he now accuses of buffing Johann Rupert's Rolls Royce, or some such.

Confused? Ah, but that's the point. Mngxitama is not much one for coherence, which is why he's so much fun. (The ideological gymnastics that have landed him in the pro-Zuma camp are a thing of beauty, especially since he doubles as the gatekeeper of Steve Biko's legacy.)

Apart from taking the opportunity to berate me, Mngxitama was also crowing about how he and his movement...

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