The government's New Dawn was dealt a psychological blow this week, bringing home the realisation that if there was ever a time for business to speak up it would be now. Two highly critical pieces of journalism from the US within days of each other highlighted corruption in the ANC and criticised the government's plans to expropriate land without compensation. The New York Times focused on Deputy President David Mabuza's political rise despite alleged corrupt activities and mismanagement while he was Mpumalanga premier. The Wall Street Journal was equally scathing, saying SA needed another "enlightened leader like Nelson Mandela but keeps electing imitations of Robert Mugabe". The publication tore into President Cyril Ramaphosa's argument that land restitution without compensation would unlock economic growth. It said Ramaphosa was attributing SA's "ills to the proportion of whites and blacks tilling the soil", rather than the "ANC's Zuma-era economic follies" that resulted in risin...

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