Seven seconds is a long time in politics. The length of time it takes the EFF to flip-flop. Or the Patriotic Alliance to turn on a coalition partner; Helen Zille to tweet; the Guptas to appoint a cabinet minister; Jacob Zuma to launch a legal challenge; David Des van Rooyen to test the finance minister’s chair (or, almost).

It also, apparently, marks the line between adulation and humiliation...

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