Thursday was the worst day for the EFF in years. The normally impeccable Dali Mpofu fluffed his lines so badly at one stage that he tweeted, in response to a friendly inquiry about whether Floyd could be charged for his brother's crimes: "Ja! In the Ignorant Republic of the Mob [the 'mob' being EFF critics] you can be charged for the deeds of your relatives ."

To which someone, brilliantly, replied to the normally silver-tongued advocate: "But you support the State penalising people whose relatives stole the land ."

When I stopped laughing I reminded myself of my new resolve not to judge. It's not that easy, but there's a line in a John le Carré novel that I've never forgotten because it is so often true: "When you are accused of monstrous things, nothing sounds so feeble as the truth."

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