Were it not for our economic malaise and the negative growth numbers that came out of Statistics SA the day before, the “quantity easing” part of the ANC’s post-lekgotla statement might have been dismissed as a typo. However, the debate, for all its faults and status as cannon fodder in the narrow factional stand-off within the party, has again placed this issue at the centre of the public conversation.

Even the governor of the Reserve Bank accepts that there is a tradeoff between higher interest rates and output. He said as much in a lecture in Stellenbosch in March: “Inflation has not really been sufficiently low to get our high long-term interest rates lower, and this creates an economic cost that weighs more heavily on job creation as time goes on”.

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