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A well-meaning man of my acquaintance said to me last week: “Isn’t it great how the countrywide resentment of Jacob Zuma has brought black and white South Africans together again? Almost like the 2010 Soccer World Cup!”

Judged by the numbers of whites agreeing enthusiastically with Zuma’s black critics to the point where they’re keen to sign petitions and join protest marches, he seems to have a point.

But the reality is different. My own experience as a white commentator with a large black audience on social and other media, tells me there is no sign of a new unity. On the contrary.

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