The medium-term budget policy statement of 2018 was much more about the drama of the ANC’s internal party politics than our fiscal state. Then we had a reluctant Tito Mboweni taking up the reins as finance minister, being rushed into the seat after the unfortunate but admirable resignation of Nhlanhla Nene.

Heading into this week, it’s the state of opposition politics that grabs the headlines — the effects of which we’ll probably learn in years to come...

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