Before the president announced his new Cabinet on Monday, much of SA had been caught up in the Thuma Mina (Send Me) "Ramaphoria" following Cyril Ramaphosa’s anointment as president. This optimism is understandable, to a point. By the time the man from Nkandla resigned, SA was ready for Anyone But Zuma — expect, perhaps, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Jacob Zuma’s presidency has left SA in tatters. Last week’s budget, notable for large spending cuts on infrastructure and a host of tax increases that will hit the poor and middle class, is merely one unavoidable outcome of a decade lost to presidential misrule. For 10 years Zuma, aided by his gang of thieves, used the state to enrich his cronies and protect himself from answering to the law. The ANC enabled all of this. Now Ramaphosa has asked everyone to raise their hands to say Send Me. But many South Africans have been saying Thuma Mina for quite a while. They include activists, opposition parties, sections of the media, whistle-blowers an...

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