What are they putting in Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota’s drink these days? Last week I had to stop, pinch myself and ask what exactly he has been ordering at the local bar — and what the bartender has been giving him instead. The lights were out in SA last week. Literally. Eskom couldn’t do the one job it had been set up to do: provide power. Stage 4 load-shedding — the most serious and damaging category of "no power" — was in full swing. They have a name for this sort of thing: it’s what’s generally referred to as a crisis. You would think that our lawmakers’ minds would be focused on this one clear danger to our prospects of turning this economy around. You would think they would all be champing at the bit to hear President Cyril Ramaphosa’s solution to the problem and to tackle him on its weaknesses. Not Lekota. The man who, in 2009, got 1.3-million South Africans to vote for Cope and who then destroyed that organisation through leadership bickering in just three years, showed us th...

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