Peter Bruce Columnist

Desperate for news upon which to hang an opinion, I waited until 3pm for President Cyril Ramaphosa to begin answering questions in Parliament for the first time on Wednesday. I still can’t get used to the fact that he finally got the job, and he is oddly clumsy as a speaker. With Jacob Zuma you knew the English would be bad, but he would at least seem relaxed. Not Ramaphosa. He stumbles over phrases and repeats himself endlessly, as if stuck on words such as "compacting" or "our country" when alternatives such as talking, negotiating, our land, our nation and SA are hanging there just begging to be used. Just for some relief. He spoke about how South Africans are good at finding solutions to problems, even intractable ones, but all the time he seems to lack conviction. He seems to hang back, almost apologising for speaking. There’s a fine brain in there obviously, but is there a leader? I ask because, well, everyone else is asking too. Where’s our leader? It may not have occurred to...

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