Last week, the FM’s former editor Barney Mthombothi wrote in the Sunday Times ( that pharmaceutical company Clicks, in reaching a deal with Julius Malema’s EFF, had "set a terrible precedent which the country will live to regret".

Clicks, he said, had been coerced and had no option but to reach a deal with SA’s third-largest political party, to prevent further violent attacks on its stores. It had a business to run and families to feed — but the result was that it made common cause with thuggery. "Violence, apparently, does pay," wrote Mthombothi...

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