Judge Dennis Davis, chair of the Davis Tax Committee, recently told a small business indaba in Johannesburg that while the political climate under new President Cyril Ramaphosa suggests SA has turned a corner, "It’s perfectly obvious we’ve got a hell of a long way to go". He’s not kidding. Ramaphosa is seemingly welcoming Julius Malema back into the arms of the ANC, despite the EFF commander-in-chief’s purported disdain for such a move, and the fact that the new president was instrumental in kicking him out of the party in the first place. There is more bad blood. Malema called Ramaphosa a "murderer" responsible for the killing of mine workers in Marikana, before being booted out of Parliament. This raises the question of how much a seemingly urbane Ramaphosa fears losing the 2019 election. A lot, it appears. More recently, Malema has been censured for wanting to "cut the throat of whiteness", while making references to genocide and other colourful metaphors. That the ANC should wan...

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