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TWICE recently, in publications that could never be accused of being opponents of the ANC, direct comparisons were made between the shaky state of South Africa in 2020 and the beginning-of-the-end crisis confronting the apartheid state in the 1980s.

Corruption — deceptively, to be sure, for the rot is actually ideological — is the central theme of these reflections of cynicism, anger and frustration.

In a feature on South Africa’s 1986, the Mail & Guardian wrote of the cracks in the apartheid edifice being “very clear” that year, a time that might seem incomparable with our present.

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