What a strange and revealing week it has been. When the shit hits the fan, suddenly and without warning, you get to see where people really stand.

Until last Wednesday, two interrelated views were heard in a wide range of elite circles, from organised business to labour to much of civil society. The first was that Cyril Ramaphosa had failed and that it didn’t matter who headed the ANC. The second was that the electoral decline of the governing party could not come soon enough, finally freeing the country to get on with making the future...

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