Ironically, for the first time since the anti-apartheid movement, politically aware South Africans are coalescing around principle rather than identity politics. The EFF — which favours the political doctrines and personality cults of President Robert Mugabe, Hugo Chavez and Raul Castro — now vehemently promotes the rule of law and due process together with DA and their other rivals. For the first time, too, organised business and labour as well as religious leaders are substantively agreeing about what needs to be done to right what is wrong in our constitutional democracy. We are witnessing a war of ideas, characterised by intentional alliances according to principle and interest: not anything like the race or class war many expected. The fact that former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, former public protector Thuli Madonsela and former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas and many other champions of the fight against state capture are all black, further negates divisive identity...

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