On the subject of letters, we’re tempted to write an open letter to the people of South Africa, knowing full well that too many open letters ought to be closed for repairs. But we’re desperately trying to rid ourselves of an affectation of self-importance — not an easy feat when you’re the Mail & Guardian. So we’re going to try a simple observation instead.
Cyril Ramaphosa looks presidential, laughs with just the right lilt, smiles with just the right candour and talks with just the right intonations to assure us he’s not Jacob Zuma.
Please, can we hit pause on this rapid construction of a messiah? Lest we forget: the last time a newly minted ANC president was welcomed as a saviour, he showed us that things can indeed get worse.