Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, does not appear to care much for the country of his birth. His commercial disinterest is understandable. This is a thankless country in which to do business and in the context of his interstellar ambitions he probably believes it is not worth the effort.

He certainly does not seem to understand SA. The Tesla, Space X and Twitter owner waded unhelpfully into the debate after the EFF’s 10th anniversary event in Johannesburg, tweeting that when the party’s leader Julius Malema led the crowd in a rendition of the struggle song Kill the Boer, he was “openly pushing for genocide of white people in SA”...

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