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Promises of introspection are, to the ANC, like a secular sort of Lent: a sporadic opportunity to show a semblance of contrition for past failings, to sit tight for 40 days of ersatz penance, and then to get right back on the rollicking ride that is the fleecing of the fiscus.

So we can only surmise, given the official silence around recent events, that the party is cloistered away for 40 days of self-reflection. There’s a lot to contemplate, after all...

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