Well that was easy, wasn’t it? So much could have gone wrong in the past two weeks, but the fact the maths was set a certain way, that certain parties had red lines (not outrageous ones), that each party had to get things through its own structures, and the (in the end somewhat accelerated) timetable all meant there was really no other option.

In two weeks, the ANC exited its grief cycle (just about) and was forced (quite quickly in reality) to move from the initial stance of wanting various parties in parliament to prop it up through confidence and supply, to the power-sharing coalition arrangement that we have ended up with...

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