The ANC has become adept at closing a chapter and immediately reopening it. No policy is off the table, even after it has been debated, reflected upon, and chucked aside as unviable or just a plain bad idea.

That policy can return to centre stage at any minute on the whim of those writing the party’s latest tract, whether it be the January 8 statement, the state of the nation address or an election manifesto...

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