With virtually the same policies, these SA politicians should ...

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With virtually the same policies, these SA politicians should have tea

Mashaba should be engaging with Maimane, Malema with Magashule, because SA needs a strong opposition

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Even the most ardent supporters of the ANC will admit — some privately, most publicly — that the party needs a robust opposition. Those who love SA and its democracy will agree even more fervently that without an active, vocal and strong adversary we — any democracy, for that matter — are doomed.

We don’t need a lively and popular opposition because the ANC is bad, but because great ideas and policies need contestation, challenge and debate before we reach consensus and implement. We need a committed and forceful opposition because any party, even a party of liberation such as the ANC, can fall prey to bad ideas and poor leaders.

Sadly, the story of adversarial politics in SA over the past 27 years has been one of failure. The ANC still dominates and regards the opposition as merely a mild irritant. The opposition, in the meantime, is largely ignorant, arrogant, self-obsessed, stale, quiescent and out of touch with the country and its voters. These are not people who are preparing themselves for power soon. They are preparing themselves for the drumsticks and stale scones served at parliamentary committee meetings while the ANC runs the country...

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