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Last week, Business Day columnist Peter Bruce smeared me with misrepresentations and insults (“The DA’s Infuriating Coalition Conundrum”, February 27) in response to my claim that, as the headline expressed it, “Like every other ‘Cyrilist’, Peter Bruce is in denial” (BusinessLIVE, December 18). I had two main arguments. First, the only colour that really cuts us apart is green. The “first row” of state capturers — Jacques Pauw called them “keepers” — knew that and preferred the public to think in terms of white-versus-black instead. Where I said the keepers’ cohorts were “multiracial” and “rainbow’” Bruce said I called “all the bad guys … black”. However inadvertently, Bruce’s race reductionism was useful to the keepers; still is. While Bruce described me in terms such as “idiotically” and “deranged”, this misrepresentation is a worse extreme. What is he exploiting? Retiring veteran Tim Cohen recalled better days last week, describing Bruce as “classy” and the “Business Day beacon”....

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