While the good ship SA struggles to stay afloat, with its promise of a better life for all looking increasingly like a mirage, the nation falls under the spell of one "dead cat" after another.

You have to give it to the dead-cat strategists: they are masters of diversion, adept at spinning sensational or half-baked information to distract us from something else. The question is, what is it they are distracting us from?

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