The world is what it is, not what we want it to be. In the run-up to the May 29 election, many analysts and politicians refused to believe what the polls, and anecdotal evidence, were telling them: the ANC had lost the trust of the people and was headed for a seismic loss.

Worse still, even as Jacob Zuma stayed up all night giving interviews to journalists and entertaining diplomats and businesspeople, even as he crisscrossed the country addressing rallies, we refused to believe that what Zwelinzima Vavi had once called the “Zuma tsunami” was back — with a vengeance...

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