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Dr Zweli Mkhize was present in parliament last week when finance minister Tito Mboweni delivered his budget speech. He might also have caught the news that the country’s economy is in something of a spiral after dipping into recession (for the second time in two years), after the fourth quarter GDP growth tanked by 1.4%.

And yet, were you to glance at Mkhize’s public statements, you’d be forgiven for thinking he is under the illusion he lives in a mansion situated on a Saudi Arabian oil field, where people are employed just to think up creative new ways to spend endless fountains of money...

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