In one of its darkest hours — and for once Eskom is not at fault — the country could at least bask in the idea of national unity and that we were all pulling together towards the same goal. And then ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and his counterparts in Cosatu and the SACP had to come in and disabuse us of such naiveté.

Though a national lockdown of three weeks was hardly going to be something the country was going to be universally excited about, President Cyril Ramaphosa has rightly been praised for at least showing some decisive leadership. Reports by influential international organisations such as the BBC have been glowing. When was the last time we were compared favourably to countries such as the UK, the US and even Sweden?..

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