South African corruption allegations threaten a historic upset

The scale of the alleged corruption involving South Africa’s elite that has emerged in recent months is a concern for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) leadership ahead of this year’s general election.

Since coming to power in 1994 the former liberation movement has continued to back senior ANC members accused of crimes, in many instances refusing to remove or suspend them until they were found guilty in court.

However, this week the ANC changed tack and called on law enforcement agencies to arrest officials if overwhelming evidence of wrongdoing emerged against them…

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