In his latest column Peter Bruce (Thick end of the wedge, 6 Dec 2018) repeats his argument that, taken to its logical conclusion, all of us should vote for the ANC in 2019 to give Cyril Ramaphosa a “stronger mandate” of “close to 60% of the vote”, which he can then use to save the ANC from itself. In so doing, he asks us to close our eyes to what we see around us, and take a gamble on the ANC’s murky internal politics coming up trumps for Ramaphosa. To do so would be to surrender the power of our vote as the essential tool of accountability in a democracy. Eskom’s bankruptcy and load-shedding, sewerage leaking into the Vaal, escalating unemployment, nationalisation of the healthcare industry, state capture, recession, and so on. It is not possible to ignore what has happened to South Africa, and who is responsible. But in the desperation for a fairy tale picture of our country, we are told to suspend this part of reality and trust that the same ANC will, in future, act in the public...

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