President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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Back in 2013 researchers at Yale University in the US used various experiments to test small babies’ attitudes towards good and evil. After extensive research the results suggested that even the youngest humans have a sense of right and wrong. More important, babies had an instinct to prefer good over evil.

Over the past few months I have wondered about this experiment and some South Africans’ responses towards positive events. What is it that makes so many of us doubt the good, for example, when it finally presents itself before us? Why are there so many of our fellow compatriots, like ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, who hanker after the South Africa that embarrassed us all before December 2017?

Why are so many among us incapable of seeing and celebrating the good and the positive that is now possible if we do the right things?

It has been five months since Cyril Ramaphosa became ANC president at the party’s conference in December 2017. It has been just more than 100 days since he was sworn in as president of the republic in February.

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