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I am, as ever, left in astounded awe at how coldly and cruelly some academics and activists of the political left can craft word after word in such measured and careful tones, which, if enacted as policy, could decimate a country’s economy, bring great suffering to millions of its people, and enable the destruction of its democracy.

Ruth Hall (“Why the expropriation bill is needed — and why it is not enough (https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/opinion/2021-02-11-why-the-expropriation-bill-is-needed-and-why-it-is-not-enough/)”, February 11) says the constitution of this country was crafted at the behest of the National Party to preserve the apartheid status quo. Mandela and his compatriots, by her telling, were powerless, outmanoeuvred and outwitted — he a weak and feeble man with no agency to bring his views to bear on the document crafted to usher in SA’s democracy...

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