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Rarely has SA turned on the ANC government in the manner it has over the past week. On one level, the problem is simple enough: the state failed, as failing states do, to prevent, predict or suitably arrest a large section of the population, who went feral and looted a province to the ground.

Likewise, the solution would seem simple enough: vote for another party. But not in SA. Here we can make every logical step, bar the ultimate one — the one democracy offers up as the obvious answer to predicaments such as this. And so we sit still with the problem...

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