What is going on with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet? His security cluster ministers have had a Pythonesque week of political blundering but their folly reflects directly on him and reveals a dangerous gap at the very top of the democratic state.

Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula tied herself up in knots after she directly contradicted Ramaphosa, who defined the unrest which led to the deaths of 215 people as an "insurrection"...

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