Peter Bruce Columnist

Bruce’s List: A guide to informed reads. It’s all go for US president Donald Trump. Do I get the slight impression he is becoming marginally less insane? Yesterday he turned his gaze to Africa, or, at least, two African leaders. One of them, Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, was in London for Trump’s call. It was, in fact, a thoughtful thing to do to make the call so publicly. Buhari has been receiving medical treatment in London for so long now that many of his countrymen had begun to speculate he might be dead. Trump then called President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria. These would have been fairly bland calls, agreeing on the need to keep up excellent relations and stuff. But Trump reserved the invitation of a state visit to the US for Buhari only. As Zuma has increasingly looked East, and with a steady stream of anti-Western invective that pours out of official SA daily, that’s probably little wonder.Bigger for Trump would have been, between calling Zuma and Buhari, appointing a form...

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