THERE are still a few blind and deluded individuals in South Africa — at the Union Buildings, the Saxonwold Shebeen, and a few of their satellites in Nkandla and the Ministry of Social Development — who still maintain that the country is not in a deep social, political and economic crisis. Everyone else, from our former presidents and deputy presidents to the ordinary woman and man in the street, knows and can see daily that the country of our dreams has been stolen by a kleptocratic elite and is on a downward spiral. All of us hear about the wanton looting of oil stocks, the collapse of PetroSA and hear the deranged language of the ANC youth and women‘s leagues. We see the writing on the wall: this is trouble.

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