Peter Bruce Columnist

We South Africans are a forgiving people. At the moment we’re all solemn-faced about the heart-rending tableau of St Mmusi Maimane taking “full responsibility” for the poor showing in last week’s election of the party he leads, the DA, while being consoled by a winged angel who has taken the form of Athol Trollip. It is a work of Titian sanctity, something for the ages. Except it’s all a lie. After the election the DA was almost ready to instantly get back into bed with the EFF despite St Mmusi promising from on top of Mount Integrity during the campaign that he would never do such a thing again. But I have it on the best authority that it came within an inch of happening again. I decided months ago I could not vote DA last week because it does business with the EFF to keep mayors in office in Johannesburg and Tshwane. My thinking was that you can’t be that eager to claim a city or a province or even the nation if you’re prepared to compromise all your principles to do it. PODCAST...

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