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In our environment of disease, wretched poverty, criminality, corruption and mass unemployment it is particularly galling to observe leading politicians from the current and former ranks of the DA and ANC indulging in doublespeak, back-stabbing, insensitive tweets and statements seemingly at odds with one another on internal party matters and even policy issues. Selfishly, they have got their priorities all wrong.

While in the case of the ANC the obvious fractures are dramatically widening, factions within the DA are becoming more apparent, albeit more subtle. Either way, the impact on our country is a lack of purposeful government and effective opposition and continuing political incapacity and economic stagnation...

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