Depending on where you stand, either President’s Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Sunday night was assertive, empathetic, gracious and generous; or he is a cynical, two-faced snake and a liar. As Boris Johnson’s landslide victory in the UK election last year taught us, never confuse Twitter with your country.

The coronavirus and nine-week lockdown (sprung on us at almost no notice) have us all strung out, but I couldn’t help reminding myself after he had finished that he is basically a decent man in an impossible position. What he did on Sunday night was go about as far out on a limb as I’ve seen him go. If we misbehave from June 1, when we can move around freely, fly a bit, replenish the whisky cupboard and drive around at night, we will only have ourselves to blame if the infection begins to spread even more quickly than it is...

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