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South Africans, the few who chose to watch Thursday night’s virtual state of the nation address (Sona), and many who preferred to skip it and get the highlights of promises made and broken, were searching for signs of light to gauge how far down the tunnel we actually are.

Make no mistake, President Cyril Rampahosa has been dealt the worst hand ever to an SA president, coming in on the back of 10 years of naked looting and corruption, which was preceded by 10 years of slightly less obvious feeding at the trough of taxpayer funds...

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