My attitude since President Cyril Ramaphosa started his term in office has been one of careful optimism, my view being that he is walking his own “long road”, like former president Nelson Mandela although in a sense it is even more challenging.

People who did not expect Ramaphosa to be facing the sort of challenges he is facing now were either ill-informed or politically naive. The tentacles of state capture clearly penetrated extremely deeply, and confidence is at rock bottom. Realistic observers accordingly predicted that it could get worse before getting better.

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