As I write this column, SA seems to be edging towards pragmatic centrism. Which means, given how well I’ve predicted the outcomes of the past week, today probably dawned with President-for-Life Gayton McKenzie congratulating the Empress Duduzile on ascending to the throne of the Democratic People’s Republic of KwaZuma-Natal.

I hope it didn’t. I hope the weekend’s rumours and analyses are proving accurate, and that cooler, more technocratic heads are prevailing; that our political class has seen that the most popular party in our country is supported by just 16% of voting-age adults and understood that it is time, to misquote Eliot, to shore up these fragments against our ruin. ..

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