When Helen Zille puts her mind to it she writes really well. She needs space, which is a reporter’s disease. But it explains why she’s so poor sometimes on Twitter. This morning she’s joined a debate I fear I may have started by suggesting a month or so ago that moderate older white people might end up voting ANC in the coming election just to ensure President Cyril Ramaphosa gets a decent majority and may therefore be able to continue his slow reforms of our institutions. It has caused a lot of comment and upset some people. DA leader Mmusi Maimane has had three goes at it but I thought Zille’s piece in Daily Maverick today was good and gets efficiently to the heart of the argument. So, I’ve been saying the best way to keep Ramaphosa on his feet is to vote for him (which obviously translates into a vote for the ANC, enough to give any sentient being pause). Zille argues that, no, don’t be so silly. To support Ramaphosa and his reforms, vote DA. That way when he’s in trouble the DA ...

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