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There’s a rule in broadcast journalism to never ask questions when you have no idea of the answer. That risks opening a line of inquiry very different to the one intended. South African President Jacob Zuma fell into this trap yesterday when agitating that as very little land was taken from blacks after the infamous 1913 act, claims should actually go back to the 1800s. Which opens up a host of unintended consequences ranging from rights of SA’s true First Nation, the KhoiSan, through to possible reparations for war crimes committed during the Difaqane (1815-1840). Also, from a more modern perspective, how does all this sit alongside the protection of property rights enshrined in SA’s Constitution? My good friend Trevor Ncube summed up the dilemma of African leadership with a tweet yesterday which reads: “Part of Africa’s problem – 1. Robert Mugabe 92; 2. Paul Biya 83; 3. Muhammad Buhari 73 ; 4. Yoweri Museveni 71. Average African age is 18.” He might have added Jacob Zuma 73. With the darkness closing in, sometimes the people with such beliefs may try to ingratiate themselves with ancestors. But that should never be at the cost of peaceful progress for those they leave behind. – Alec Hogg
By Jenni Evans, News24
Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
Listen to the story of Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to presidential power, narrated by our very own Alec Hogg.