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We can now say, with absolute certainty, that the greatest threat to growth and development in SA is the ANC. Not all of the ANC, mind you, but nearly half — if not more — of the ANC. The evidence is there for all of us to see.

Think back on the past week. It was such a joy to watch President Cyril Ramaphosa as he delivered his state of the nation speech. Everything about his hour and a half of intense airtime said: he gets it. He gets the fact that the nine years of Jacob Zuma in power were an absolute disaster. He gets the fact that investment and jobs are what we need. He gets the fact that recycling useless populist claptrap from Venezuela and Zimbabwe helps no one. He gets the fact that corruption has reached pandemic proportions.

The man didn’t just give a solid analysis of where we are, but cogent plans about how we get out of here. How do we stop the rampant looting of our country’s resources and bring those responsible to book? Reinstate a new-wave Scorpions, put Shamila Batohi at the top of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and begin the slow and hard work of restoring dignity and efficiency to those broken institutions. State-owned enterprises also received his attention. Eskom, for example, will be remodelled and split into three state-owned entities dealing with generation, transmission and distribution. The burning land question? He said the government had identified land parcels owned by the state for redistribution as part of accelerating land reform. On our national intelligence services, which have become a piggy bank for criminals pretending to be James Bond, he announced plans to reform them into a more useful and savvy domestic and international service. Scan across the speech and you w...

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