To prevail, every powerful myth needs an equally strong contending tale if it wants to enjoy serious longevity — twists, turns, tension, all the materials that keep the protagonist and the antagonist relevant. Cyril Ramaphosa’s New Dawn, sold to South Africans more than two years ago, has proven to be just that: another myth.

It was a promise wrapped in sugary bonbons, and delivered with the slickest of messages, as the answer to all SA’s ills...

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