Peter Bruce’s Pollyanna piece begs a response (For the sake of the country, stand with the ANC’s principled people, April 11). Bruce’s argument still misguidedly peddles the schtick that although there is much wrong with the ANC, South Africans should still go out and vote for them as President Cyril Ramaphosa can put things right. After months of sycophantic cheer-leading for Ramaphosa, Bruce was at least finally forced to concede that Ramaphosa was weak, complicit, dithered and stood by as the country was looted. Despite this, Bruce now doubles down on his argument and says South Africans must turn a blind eye to this as Ramaphosa was merely “playing the long game”. He ices his argument with the view that Ramaphosa is the only person who can fix things in SA. The Bruce doctrine, however, is littered with flaws bigger than a Bosasa bribe. How can South Africans vote for a party and president who, as even Bruce admits, stood idly by observing the worst excesses of the Zuma years? Tr...

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