Three weeks ago, as SA felt the first shocks of an eruption that has since been described as everything from a failed coup to a proto-revolution by the poor and catalyst for positive change, a tweet by a certain polymath seemed particularly cynical.

“Prediction,” wrote security and economics guru Antony Altbeker. “Not a single person in SA will rethink a single long-held view about anything important about government, politics or policy despite the massive social upheaval we are seeing.”..

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