It’s rare for a governing party to launch its election campaign by admitting it is entirely out of its depth, implicitly begging voters to put it out of its misery at the polls. But then the ANC is no ordinary party. 

Of course, I understand what President Cyril Ramaphosa was going for as he told the press that he had some regrets about his presidency. He sometimes saunas with people who have summered with people who have accidentally made eye contact with people who work for a living, and he has no doubt heard rumours that these working people like it when presidents pretend to echo their disappointments. ..

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