The voters of SA — those of them who turn up on Wednesday — have the opportunity to assist in the post-Zuma cleansing process that all right-thinking people accept is essential if constitutional democracy under the rule of law is to survive in their beloved country. Some may consider, believe, trust or hope that the alliance that has governed at national level since 1994 has the capacity to self-correct; others won’t. They will all vote accordingly. The 400 newly elected members of the National Assembly will gather on May 22 to elect, from their number, the president — our head of state and also head of the national executive. It is likely, but not certain, that President Cyril Ramaphosa will muster the necessary 201 votes and put together the long-awaited and trimmed-down new cabinet of his “new dawn”, hopefully free of “ou donders”. It is fervently to be hoped that the voters and president will insist that parliament and the cabinet be free of crooks, those implicated in state c...

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