“Everything you say has been said for 12 years, just the faces are changing.” (Sikonathi Mantshantsha to President Cyril Ramaphosa, while addressing journalists about load-shedding and the dire state of Eskom on December 11 2019.)

As the country flickers intermittently between light and dark, simultaneously between hope and despair, it is worth looking in some detail at the role President Cyril Ramaphosa played in all this, as it was significant.

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