President Cyril Ramaphosa has threatened voters in some pretty dramatic ways over the years but at the weekend, as his party waved around a bucket of reheated slop and called it a manifesto, he threatened the nation with something genuinely nightmarish: another 30 years of ANC governance.

Not that his previous threats haven’t been bangers in their own right. His 2021 effort, for example — telling people in Ekurhuleni that if they withheld their votes their collapsing electricity supply might never be restored — was a sparkling mix of cynicism, victim-blaming and outright lies...

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