Looking back over the post-Nelson Mandela era, there’s not much to be said for our presidents. Thabo Mbeki’s great sin was HIV denialism. An estimated 330,000 people died unnecessarily. Mbeki’s essential overriding problem was that he missed his true calling: he would have made a brilliant academic. 

Jacob Zuma’s presidency rapidly devolved into a kleptomaniac asset-stripping disaster that turned the ANC into a centre-left nationalist cartel. Former acting president Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri lasted 14 hours. ..

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