Opinion

SA in danger of ditching its principles and falling in with its dubious foreign friends

22 December 2019 - 00:02

President Cyril Ramaphosa, the cynics crowed, had hopped off to Egypt a week ago, merely to charge his mobile. It's a loaded little joke, pregnant with all sort of allusions. The country has no power; and the president himself is dithering or even powerless - a broken reed twisting in the wind.

The idea that he could fly all the way to Egypt and then suddenly remember that he has a crisis back home that requires his immediate attention almost seems to sum up his presidency, reacting to events instead of being in control...

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