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“My ministry is not for everyone, it is for those who have faith. I’m just a messenger of God’s work. God heals people in our meetings.” ∼ Prophet Shepherd Bushiri “The miracles and the teachings that our father teaches every week are so amazing. I’ve also been struggling to get a job and came here and I got two jobs at the same time and it was a matter of choosing.” ∼ 24-year-old Xolani Msibi, of Prophet Bushiri “We are now in healing mode. God is addressing our problems, he is addressing our challenges.” ∼ President Cyril Ramaphosa The message matters, of course it does, but the language in which it is couched can be no less telling. Over the past week, the ANC put before SA two fundamentally different pieces of prose. They are worth looking at, for style and tone. The first of these was a series of tweets from Ramaphosa on February 1, presented as if some Christian hymn of old. Oozing optimism and hope, they fairly bristled with the unbridled enthusiasm of a charismatic pastor. T...

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