Call in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for the economic restructuring that a factious ANC government cannot launch – increasingly, it seems inevitable. This proposition derives from the hallowed proverb, of which cabinet members might be unaware, that beggars can’t be choosers.

In mind here is not the IMF’s short-term cushy little “rapid financing instrument” quickly to smack an aberration. Over and above there lingers, for use in a full-blown payments crisis, the long-term biggie known as the “extended credit facility”...

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