Perhaps it’s the pressure, the late nights, the general worry. I don’t know what it is but I’ve been trying to explain to myself why Tito Mboweni, the finance minister and former governor of the SA Reserve Bank (Sarb), would have a go at me on Twitter deep into the night on June 18 (or it could have been early in the morning of the 19th). One night last week, let’s say.

He had taken offence at what he implied was the increasing use, by myself, of the word “ludicrous” when referring to aspects of ANC policy or strategy or its actual actions or the lack of them. He found the word “ludicrous” a sign of contempt and disrespect, particularly coming from a white person and directed at a predominantly black organisation, the ANC. Was I not aware, he seemed to ask, how this might “land”...

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