I don’t know why it took so long for the epiphany to hit home: the real reason President Cyril Ramaphosa reinstated the liquor ban is not because he is a heartless monster who wants his people to die of thirst.

His mistake — at least from the perspective of this country’s drinkers — is that he gave the keys to the liquor cabinet to the best security guards in the land — the Zulus...

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