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The best description I’ve heard of US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump came from SA retailing icon Sean Summers – “America’s Julius Malema, except he has hair, money and a jet.” That pretty much sums up the populist Republican party’s 2016 Presidential frontrunner. Trump shoots from the hip, often mangles the facts, regularly putting his foot into that ever open mouth. It’s as though he’ll spout anything handlers believe will bring in extra votes. That billionaire Trump who repeatedly talks up his purely business background is leading the polls raises two key questions. Are Americans really that dumb? Or has their opinion of the species fallen so far that they’re sending a message of “anyone but a professional politician”? The latter is dangerous, as South Africans have learnt to their cost. Remember, it was the ANC’s “anyone but Mbeki” which has landed the country with a Government which trade union leader Zwelinzima Vavi describes as “a kleptocracy led by thieves.“- Alec Hogg
By Anne K Walters of dpa
Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
Listen to the story of Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to presidential power, narrated by our very own Alec Hogg.