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Water cheek! Who are we to question the KZN premier’s priorities?

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Water cheek! Who are we to question the KZN premier’s priorities?

Just when we thought our leaders couldn’t be more entitled, Zikalala proved us wrong. Even worse, many supported him

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Social media is notorious for allowing people to hide their true beliefs or personalities behind a screen of performative righteousness. But this week a number of South Africans didn’t so much drop the veil as rip it into shreds and set it on fire, as they broadcast a startlingly honest view of our addiction to terrible government.

This is not a new affliction, of course. We’ve had absolutely rotten rulers since the start, from beauts like Willem Adriaan van der Stel and Shaka to the corrupt racists of the apartheid regime and the desperados who brought you fire-pools, the Guptas, Eskom, Marikana, disappearing railways lines and Bathabile Dlamini.

I think, however, we tend to tell ourselves that these creatures are imposed on us by the historical gods; that any support they might have enjoyed inside their kingdoms or laagers or Saxonwold shebeens was fake, extracted through fear or fuelled by patronage; that no ordinary South Africans could have genuinely admired their ideas and methods...

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