It was not the amount of gobbledygook that ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe billowed out. Neither was it that the ANC national executive committee (NEC) once again chained its fortunes to that of President Jacob Zuma. It was not even that the NEC once again threatened ANC Members of Parliament with charges of misconduct should they vote against Zuma in a motion of no confidence that made the ANC’s Monday afternoon media briefing so bizarre. It was that the ANC NEC is seemingly oblivious that it has completely surrendered the party to the Gupta family. The ANC is now simply a campaign front for a criminal ring and has effectively handed over the responsibility of governance to private individuals. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.