The South African center-right commentator argues that the African National Congress has lost its way in defending its positions as it once did. It is instead trying to deflect away from massive corruption such as President Jacob Zuma using US$23 million in taxpayer dollars to upgrade his personal mansion, and blatantly defying a Supreme Court of Appeal order regarding handing over tapes regarding corruption: "The ANC at its best was an organisation of ideas, led by men and women of principle who never shied away from propagating, challenging or defending those ideas. It was not about individuals. Yet, over the past decade, slowly but surely, it has become an organisation scared to debate and defend its ideas. Instead, the party is regressing into some sort of tribal clan, led by a chief whose word is law."