The pious, disingenuous rituals of Youth Day always throw up some peculiar spectacles — how could they not, on a day dominated by 70-year-olds praising the courage of 60-year-olds? — and this year did not disappoint.

Certainly, there was special irony in watching Cyril Ramaphosa, a billionaire who made his name in organised labour and was then handed a fortune, urging the kids to go and create work for themselves.

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