William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
15 Jan 2022
5:00 am

Dire omens for ANC in 2022

William Saunderson-Meyer

SA’s deterioration will become irreversible if Ramaphosa does not stop dithering and defeat the radical economic transformation faction.

General views of the African National Congress (ANC) headquarters Luthuli House in Johannesburg, 9 December 2020. Picture: Michel Bega

There was a time when South Africa’s festive season somnolence stretched from the Day of Reconciliation public holiday on 16 December well into the second week of January. In this faintly remembered pre-Covid world, by canny exploitation of half a dozen public holidays – both official and unofficial – as well as wake surfing the month-long shuttering of the construction industry, South Africans could parlay a couple of weeks of annual leave into a month-long absence of work. The rush to the seaside or rural family homesteads would eerily empty the cities. And with parliament in recess and the media...