A week is a long time in politics, but the next eight days will feel like an eternity to SA’s politicians as they drag themselves towards the morning of May 9, that distant oasis where they can finally toss their manifestos in the bin and get back to the serious business of amassing multigenerational wealth from the labour of other people.  You can tell how tired they all are by how little they’re saying. Right now Thabo Mbeki is the most vocal campaigner the ANC has, and he’s the guy history will remember for saying absolutely nothing about anything, ever. It feels like weeks since the EFF threatened to unleash “superior logic” on some counter-revolutionary plastic chairs. The relative silence of the DA is another matter. As comfortable behind a megaphone as a hermit maths teacher trying to announce the start of the interhouse under-13 javelin competition, the official opposition has always preferred the tone and volume of a university common room. Perhaps this is inevitable when ...

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