There are a million and one election scenarios doing the rounds at the moment. Everyone has one. Cyril Ramaphosa will be great — just give him the mandate. Julius Malema will bring the energy we need in our politics — give him a chance. Mmusi Maimane is the man to take us to Singapore and Rwanda — elect him. It reminds me of the late 1980s and early 1990s. My friend Clem Sunter was painting pictures of the high road (he was right to be optimistic then, by the way) while others were all about the low road. Those who saw only the low road and fled missed out on the joy of the Mandela presidency and the economic boom of the Mbeki years. And now here we are. Much has changed since the early 1990s. And much hasn’t. The economy was an utter mess thanks to PW Botha in the 1980s. It is an utter mess now because of Jacob Zuma in the 2010s. The national discourse was hateful in the late 1980s, and it has returned to those awful levels in the late 2010s. Poverty is endemic. Unemployment is dam...

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