The ANC is Ace Magashule. It is Bathabile Dlamini and Malusi Gigaba. It is Nomvula Mokonyane. It is Qedani Mahlangu. It is the Guptas and Bosasa and load shedding and a crumbling infrastructure. It is the city of Makhanda, where they have changed the name but cannot provide clean water to the people because they have stolen ratepayers’ money. And they won’t go to jail.

My heart went out last week to the poor men and women who try to run businesses in townships and villages across the country. I felt sorrow for the students trying to better their lives and yet, sitting in dark dormitories across the country, were unable to study. I felt tears spring to my eyes for medical workers, anguish for patients on chronic medications that need electricity to stay refrigerated. So many people were suffering across the nation because of the load shedding sweeping the country. We may laugh and joke about it. Some had the foresight years ago to buy generators, but these are few and far between. The reality of SA last week was that depression set in and people wondered: what now? What does this mean for me? What does this mean for our country when the trending jokes are about stage eight and nine load shedding? Stuck on a train The loneliest man in SA must be Cyril Ramaphosa. He is being laughed at. Many of those who spoke of Ramaphoria and his ability to turn th...

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