Thabo Mbeki understands your gloom. No, really, he gets it. SA, the former president told an audience and Fin24, has a “permissive atmosphere” that “allows for” the current tide of violence sweeping the country.

“It’s very difficult not to be depressed,” he said, his baritone barely audible over the whine of a violin and the plink-plink of crocodile tears plopping down on to his fire-warmed slippers.

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