Just more than six years ago, President Cyril Ramaphosa ran a public mobilisation campaign aimed at encouraging citizens to work with the state in fixing the nation. Until the moment when he issued the clarion call for active citizenship under the theme of Thuma Mina, the relationship between non-state actors and the government had been fractured and fragmented in the decade of his predecessor’s leadership.

The fixation with cadre deployments and marginalisation of the clever blacks, alongside the embrace of the compromised, had led to many professionals and professional organisations maintaining a cold distance from the government and its initiatives...

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