A sense of political madness is gripping electorates in many Western countries. In Britain, supporters of Jeremy Corbyn genuinely believe that plunging the UK into a Venezuelan state model incorporating all the anti-Semitic antagonism of pre-World War 2 Nazi Germany will abolish the class system and reinvent equality. On the side, there are supporters of Theresa May who genuinely believe she is a good prime minister and is capable of negotiating with the unelected, authoritarian EU. In countries such as New Zealand and Canada, an obsession with fashionable symbolism and social justice inhabits the vain executive and its supporters, designed to make certain quarters feel awful about themselves. The equivalent political madness in SA is the belief that people such as Ace Magashule, Dudu Myeni, Meokgo Matuba, and Supra Mahumapelo are good leaders, and therefore good people, with matching intentions. Disabusing the electorate is a challenge more immediate than land reform, free health c...

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