That mad and useless Tina Joemat-Pettersson — so useless that she even managed to frustrate what should have been a routine Russian-South African bribe during her term as energy minister — once declared in Parliament that "the renewable-energy programme is Jacob Zuma’s legacy". Insofar as said programme is presently immobile, or worse paralysed, she is correct, as it resembles so much of Zuma’s personality, from his notorious tardiness to broken or empty promises. But it is one legacy within others. I assure you that Zuma will not be remembered for renewable energy. No greater image of the mood of Zuma’s supporters exists than a photograph of his transport minister, Joe Maswanganyi, taken shortly after Cyril Ramaphosa’s victory was announced at the ANC elective conference. In it, Maswanganyi is seen sitting forlorn, his arms cradling his head on the desk in front of him, as though he had just been hit by a train. Hours before, the shameless arrogance of these people was breathtaking...

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