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For a long time now, a fantasy has been abroad in SA about the decline of the ANC. Everyone in the commentariat is waiting for it, a little like Samuel Beckett’s Vladimir and Estragon are waiting for Godot. Once it happens, the fantasy goes, we can discard the last decade like an old jacket and begin anew.

Be careful what you wish for. It is happening, here and now. The ANC is definitively in decline. But the era being born is not anything like the fantasy says it ought to be...

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