It is difficult to have mature policy conversation in SA’s current political environment. Meaningful and genuine debate on economic policy is particularly hard to come by.

The explicit, tactical manipulation of economic policy discourse by the agents of state capture certainly contributed to this. We were routinely bombarded by vacuous but politically appealing slogans of “radical economic transformation”, “white monopoly capital”, and the like. The cacophony of the latter has subsided somewhat since Ramaphosa’s entry into the presidency. However, these tropes remain audible and continue to present a distinct threat.

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