A president on a train going nowhere this week said people were hoping the ANC would see what was happening and bring about changes. “It’s no longer a fable, it’s a lived reality,” he said while sitting on the stationary train. This was a strange comment coming from Cyril Ramaphosa. The definition of a fable is a myth or legend. But is the shoddy state of the country’s rail system really a myth to him? Commuter passenger rail services have been interrupted for years by breakdowns, violent crimes, derailment and industrial action. PODCAST: Listen to expert commentary on the issue. Subscribe: iono.fm | Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Pocket Casts | Player.fm Ramaphosa’s “harrowing” train ride — his words, not mine — coincided with a week of rolling blackouts. Eskom is in a dire state operationally and financially. It was one of the state-owned enterprises at the heart of state capture looting. We have heard on numerous occasions how we need to take collective responsibility for the proble...

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