Remember those days when we walked around optimistic and misty-eyed about the rebirth of South Africa under the new President? When we reacted to his speech on TV with swelled hearts, and remembered a similar feeling over 22 years ago? And then, suddenly, so suddenly as to have left us gaping like fish out of water, it all came crashing down, and we seem to be heading into territory that is depressingly familiar. A couple of startling things have happened over the past couple of days that have nakedly broadcast the weakness of our new president, at a moment when he was most required to show strength and decisiveness. One may argue that he is treading lightly, horse trading, awaiting the right time to flex his muscles, protecting his flanks until reinforcements arrive. That is the charitable view. That is the view of the chattering and hopeful classes.  It ain’t so. The honeymoon was short. We should look the beast in the eye and call it out for what it is.  I argue we are still larg...

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