Patricia de Lille, following her acrimonious exit from the mayoralty of Cape Town, announced she was forming a new party. Whatever the motives and merits of her latest move, she kicked away the DA, the political ladder that lifted her to prominence as first citizen of Cape Town.

Where on Earth could a public discussion on the challenges facing SA be dubbed “an evening of light relief”? Last Thursday in Brexit-obsessed London that was how I dubbed an evening event I facilitated featuring three eminent and staunch supporters of our country’s democratic journey and its hopes for economic recovery. This was the same day British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a three-hour grilling in the House of Commons. And that was just hours after she lost two key cabinet ministers over the onerous terms and difficult conditions she signed off on to exit the EU on March 29 2019. The SA event organised by k2 Intelligence (disclosure: I am a senior adviser to the firm) did indeed provide a welcome distraction for key members of the audience who now contemplate the unfathomable complexity of untangling the world’s fifth-largest economy from a trading bloc in which the UK has been enmeshed for nearly 50 years. I mentioned that one of the key speakers that evening, Lord Peter H...

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