The irony of ANC politicians clinging to the Springboks’ triumph like the smell of last night’s curry the morning after — given that they are the very reason these Boks have to provide hope — is both laughable and stings, again like last night’s curry. Thankfully there is still one adult in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s executive — finance minister Enoch Godongwana. 

Delivering his medium-term budget policy statement last week the state of the national balance sheet cut a deep furrow across his brow. The rabbits have succumbed to RHD [rabbit haemorrhagic disease], and none were forthcoming from a threadbare hat. If indeed a primary budget surplus materialises in the outer years of the medium-term expenditure framework it will be a close-run effort, akin to three single-point victories in successive weekends in Paris. ..

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