When the president delivers his state of the nation address on Thursday evening, bear in mind the ANC is in charge, not Cyril Ramaphosa. The actual state of our nation and the direction in which it will be headed under continued ANC governance will be buried in the inevitable fluff of political rhetoric and positive spin. It is therefore worth being clear beforehand about what we need the president to say. And to understand that the reason he probably won’t say it is because his party will not allow him to bring the change SA needs. We need to hear clear solutions to the three greatest risks facing our nation: unnaturally high unemployment, endemic corruption and a near-bankrupt state. The next five years represents a crossroads for our nation. Much depends on how we address these three challenges. There is a real chance that SA will take Zimbabwe’s path to economic ruin and de facto dictatorship. But there is also still a real chance that we can get back onto Nelson Mandela’s path ...

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