The ANC is facing a very old problem - how to deal with corruption when it involves officials with powerful political constituencies. There is little evidence that the party has any workable solutions. Instead, it appears that the weakening of central authority is beginning to speed up. And this will have dire consequences for our nation.
By Friday afternoon last week, the ANC appeared to be completely on the back foot on every front. The preceding days had seen presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko taking "special leave", while Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku and his wife, Joburg MMC Loyiso Masuku - facing allegations relating to PPE procurement fraud - were ordered to do the same by the Gauteng provincial executive committee.
Diko's husband, "King" Madzikane II Thandisizwe Diko, whose very "kingship" was being questioned in public, is central to the allegations of procurement fraud after his company had received PPE contracts from the Gauteng health department. The two couples share a close relationship but have denied that this influenced the contracts or that they had done anything wrong.
The ANC also stands accused of breaking lockdown regulations by allowing more than 50 people to gather at the home of a...