Trying to see things for what they really are is more than the tantalising preoccupation of those who are paid to make sense of the world; all of us gain from calling it right, and judging events or sentiments with intelligence and accuracy.

Writing in the Financial Mail not long ago, Justice Malala dwelled on these dynamics when he cautioned, “It may be that Ramaphosa is in trouble. Blackouts are the order of the day, poverty is rampant, unemployment is sickening and despair stalks the land. It may be that ‘the masses’ are restive.” (“Flying a false flag (”, July 21). ..

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