There’s apparently no move in South African politics that doesn’t come preconfigured with a certain amount of irony.

Last week, it was announced that Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi’s crime prevention wardens (CPWs) — his mini-me amaPanyaza — would be accorded the same status as traffic officers. This for a group that has crashed 22 of 200 brand-new Beemers in its first seven months of operations. That’s a cool R17.6m worth of vehicles, by a rough calculation. ..

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