Is it right to use the death of a public figure for political grandstanding? Jonathan Paul Clegg is dead and his family is in mourning. Friends and fellow musicians are grieving. A country is united in sorrow and affirmation: Johnny Clegg was one of our greats.

Sadly, very few of us are immune to “hot take” syndrome. I’ve given in to it myself on more than one occasion. So I can sympathise with the narcissistic impulse that drove Helen Zille, on hearing the news of Clegg’s passing, not to write a message of condolence but instead to hunt through her own Twitter archive and retweet something she posted two years ago.

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