You’d hope President Cyril Ramaphosa would take the opportunity of configuring a new cabinet to finally offer us the slimmed-down version he has long promised. More likely, with the government of national unity, is that he’ll be handing out ministries like Oprah on a magnanimous day. A ministry for you, and a ministry for you, and a ministry for you.

You can understand why that would sit well with politicians. Snagging a cabinet position comes with no end of perks — and Ramaphosa just last week bumped public office holders’ remuneration by 2.5%, backdated to April. It’s nowhere near inflation, but it still means a minister earns R2.7m a year, while a deputy clocks in at R2.2m. A bargain-basement MP gets just R1.3m...

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