Cyril Ramaphosa this and Cyril Ramaphosa that. Will the president last? What if he doesn’t? Shouldn’t he move faster? Why doesn’t he? Rarely have the pronouncements of a SA president been subjected to such divisive scrutiny, usually with consequences for despair when bias subordinates analysis.

Each media exhibition of the EFF, of which there are plenty, is given airtime that is way disproportionate to the party’s electoral support. It fuels a perception that the country is polarised for a race war. Each time former president Jacob Zuma puts in a public appearance, which is then extensively disseminated, it strengthens the sense of a fightback by his cohorts. The noise, amplified by the likes of Facebook, becomes its own reality...

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