Tony Leon Columnist

December 16 marks SA’s officially designated Day of Reconciliation. But to judge how little progress has been made on this path you simply needed to tune in to snippets of a radio interview — three days before — with the constitutionally mandated chief reconciler of the nation. Section 83(c) of the constitution commands the president of SA to “promote the unity of the nation and that which will advance the nation”. On December 13, President Cyril Ramaphosa shared his thoughts in a wide-ranging interview with Xolani Gwala on Radio 702. Aside from his enthusiastic and utterly risible support for his ethically hobbled and calamitous cabinet colleague, Bathabile Dlamini, the presidential pronouncement, which appeared to violate his oath of office, was his broadside against a section of his own population. In the interview, Ramaphosa said: “White South Africans, mainly those with power in their hands, must realise that particularly young black people are becoming increasingly angry about...

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