It’s desperate watching an accident happen. Everything slows down. Everything goes quiet. If it’s out in the open, at a distance, you can’t hear the crunching. All you see is a cloud of dust and then the wreckage.

Most accidents happen because lessons have not been learned; signs not heeded. So it was at the weekend when President Cyril Ramaphosa wrapped up a busy few ANC days — first a meeting of the national executive committee and then a wider lekgotla that included its alliance partners, the communists and the unions...

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