The trouble is that the ANC's branch structure, designed initially as a means of grassroots democracy at work, is in a mess.
Although it's failed to deliver democracy to citizens, Nigeria is not the collapsed and disintegrated entity which a 2005 US National Intelligence Council analysis predicted it would become by 2020.
Kimi Makwetu embodied the values of integrity, selflessness, humility and hard work. He steadfastly believed in the South African constitution.
The hand that taps 'remove from this group' is the hand that rules the world.
Although cynical about today's political leaders, the views of young South Africans are surprisingly similar to those of the mid-1990s.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has inspired the cross-country climate marches, but accountability lies with governments and corporations.
The current crisis in British politics is significant for countries like South Africa where a change in electoral systems is needed.
South Africa's local governments lack a clear separation of legislative and executive powers.
Some prosecutions followed soon after President Cyril Ramaphosa promised accountability for the Marikana massacre.
The problem with South Africa's governing ANC, is that to many of its members, politics is not about public service but about resources.
Reports of profligacy by the leaders of the Pan African Parliament could further diminish its legitimacy, which is already being questioned .
The wars in Syria and Iraq are products of secretive decision-making by the executive. Their disastrous consequences are evidence of the need for war powers reform.
Mahlangu's resignation over the deaths of mental patients sets her apart from her colleagues in government. But, it does not portend a new trend in political accountability for the governing ANC.