It is disappointing when a great voyage hits the rocks or when the magic fades from a beautiful love story. Gloom is inevitable and reality can be harsh.

On Thursday night, the whirlwind romance between SA and President Cyril Ramaphosa withered when expectations of an action-driven government came to nought.

His rise to the presidency has been swathed in general goodwill and relief that the highest office had been released from the clutches of a criminal syndicate. Many people voted for Ramaphosa because they distinguished him from the rot-infested ANC and saw him as the country’s great hope to free us from a perpetual cycle of decay and despair.

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