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Zille’s tweet was more of the same, but Mashaba’s — a comparison of Donald Trump (labelled "Success") and Cyril Ramaphosa ("Failure") — was uniquely mad, citing as fact at least three blatant lies about the American’s "successes". (One of these, according to Mashaba, was "Zero Violent Demonstrations". So now we know that the mayor of Johannesburg doesn’t think that the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville counts as violence.)

On Monday, as Herman Mashaba humped Donald Trump’s leg and Helen Zille exhumed her defence of colonialism, many South Africans wondered aloud if the Democratic Alliance is deliberately trying to lose votes. Certainly the two tweets in question seemed to be the latest example of the DA’s loose cannon unloading into both feet. Zille’s tweet was more of the same, but Mashaba’s — a comparison of Donald Trump (labelled "Success") and Cyril Ramaphosa ("Failure") — was uniquely mad, citing as fact at least three blatant lies about the American’s "successes". (One of these, according to Mashaba, was "Zero Violent Demonstrations". So now we know that the mayor of Johannesburg doesn’t think that the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville counts as violence.) Indeed, for a moment the whole thing teetered on the edge of a state of psychedelic Trump-ception: a populist millionaire who uses immigration as a way to appeal to xenophobes, peddling homemade memes riddled with fake news about a pr...

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