Within a few days last week, the ANC revealed why there is suspicion that its leader’s notion of a "new dawn" is the emptiest of promises. It is a party with little coherence and squanders whatever goodwill comes its way. First, no less an authority than The Economist magazine endorsed Cyril Ramaphosa, urging voters to back the ANC on May 8 for reasons which it says are "painfully pragmatic". "The least bad plausible outcome … is for voters to give the ANC a solid majority, thus boosting Ramaphosa and allowing him to shun the populists and face down the mafia within his own party," the magazine argued. If Ramaphosa doesn’t get such a majority, The Economist argues, it could pave the way for a coalition with the EFF — the party of "racist demagoguery and disregard for economic reality". The magazine endorsed the DA in 2014. This time, it says, the DA has the right ideas for fixing SA, but "is in no position to implement them". It was an unlikely fillip for a party desperately trying ...

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