[Daily Maverick] From time to time in South Africa, the ANC makes threatening noises about the media, and starts to lash out, to attack. We seem to be rushing headlong into another of those phases. They are always disturbing because they raise fears that at its heart, the ANC may not be as freedom-loving as it claims. But in the end, these episodes always tell us far more about the state of the ANC than they do about the media. By STEPHEN GROOTES.