Weighing SA’s future – and guessing at its Macron

Had an interesting chat yesterday with an old friend visiting London from Jozi. Talk soon turned to what we expect to happen in SA.

We both believe a bright future awaits. Where we differ is he feels it is a generational challenge, that only his grandchildren will enjoy the fruits of today’s struggles. I think it will come much sooner.

For me, we can no longer use old clocks to judge the speed of change. The genie is out of the Zuptoid bottle. And as the French elections show us, once out there’s no putting it back in.

Question, of course, is who might emerge as SA’s Emmanuel Macron. Zweli Mkhize perhaps? Or yesterday’s new ANC exile Makhosi Khoza? Maybe the DA’s Mmusi Maimane? What we do know is that history shows life is full of surprises. Expect them to keep on coming.

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