Give yourself a Noddy badge for each of the following that you have read cover to cover: The constitution. No? How about the National Development Plan? Not that either. King IV? Surely you have internalised the minutiae of a code of corporate governance so revered that is used as an example worldwide? We South Africans have been gifted with some of the finest statements of good intent penned in the past 30 years, but few of us have actually bothered to pay attention to them. Would Jacob Zuma still be president if we really understood the constitution? He had yet another volume of it thrown at him this week by Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo as he sought to duck out of the responsibilities put upon him by the former public protector's State of Capture report. Would we have better growth if we had applied the principles of the National Development Plan when it was drafted by some of the sharpest minds in the country more than five years ago? Would as many investors have been sc...

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