Our democratic language has degraded at an extraordinary pace, along with our democracy. Those words and phrases that power wields, to determine for the people what is, and what is not, allowed, have become next to meaningless. Nothing better illustrates this than the idea of what is “acceptable”.   

President Cyril Ramaphosa said in November 2022 that, “We have made it clear that nonpayment for services is unacceptable and have taken a number of steps to ensure that the payment of these debts is recovered”.   ..

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