South Africa: A Proxy Battle for Ages Through Father, Son, Spirit and the Holy ATM


It was just a matter of time before the Lord Almighty got dragged into this mess. As the ANC slides closer and closer to 50%, and as the opposition continues to fragment, for ATM, Heaven is the limit.


The last time I encountered Mzwanele Manyi was in February 2018, on a lonely stretch of dirt road on the fringes of a town called Vrede, Free State. I was waiting at the gates of the post-apocalyptic Vrede Dairy Project, AKA Estina, and Manyi rolled up behind me in a black BMW X5. He was at the time the head of ANN7, or whatever the infamously crummy TV station was called after he "purchased" it from the Gupta family in a controversial vendor sale a few months earlier.

We were both there to cover one of the signature stories of the Zuma era: How Ace Magashule's sordid provincial fiefdom had stolen from locals in order to create a fake farming project that funnelled cash to Gupta front companies. I tapped on the passenger door, peering into the tenebrous sterility of German luxury, hoping for a word or two of encouragement from the media tycoon. The window didn't budge.

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