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Tshwane DA mayor Solly Msimanga brought out the dragon in the pro-Sino ANC with his recent jaunt to the Middle Kingdom’s enemy Taiwan. No doubt, this week new heights of apoplexy will be scaled in governing party circles on news that DA party leader Mmusi Maimane and key aides travelled to the heartland of another perceived opponent of Pretoria (as in the seat of government, not the city), Israel. Incandescence is also likely after their meeting on Wednesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Offsetting that, of course, is their planned get-together with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas. Of dance supremo Ginger Rogers, it was written — "she did everything her partner Fred Astaire did — only backwards and in high heels". Something similar had to be performed by local politicians on the opposition side of the aisle here to get a look-in overseas until fairly recently. When Nelson Mandela was president, the entire world beat down the door of the Union Buildings, or hi...

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