Peter Bruce Columnist

OK folks, so after the euphoria, the reality. President Cyril Ramaphosa looked absolutely shattered last night when, after breaking a promise to us all for the first time (and guaranteed, with the ANC around him, not the last) he started an announcement late. Just as he thought he had a reshuffle ready to run something happened. It took an hour and a half to sort it out. What was it? We’ll never know but I’ll bet at least one Zupta accomplice to state capture — Bathabile Dlamini, Malusi Gigaba or Nomvula Mokonyane — got to stay in cabinet because of it. The official excuse was that Ramaphosa was still trying to get people on the phone because, you know, he’s too nice a guy to let people find out in the media that they’ve been fired. Trouble on the phone wasn’t the look he was wearing on his face when he finally appeared. What he was wearing was more like a kid who gets caught doing something really bad by the neighbours. He looked guilty, hesitant and rushed. He couldn’t wait to get...

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