Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa - Act Five, Scene One - New Script, Same Storyline

analysis

President Jacob Zuma is quoting Shakespeare to punch back at his critics and says there is "nothing wrong with Nkandla"; Lindiwe Mazibuko is dusting herself off and taking time out; Mmusi Maimane is being repackaged for his new role in Parliament and Julius Malema wants to keep wearing his red overalls and engage in talks with Boko Haram. If you were expecting to be basking in a post-election glow, think again. Welcome to South Africa rebooted - more bombast, increased rivalry and a lot more noise. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.

"Now that the election is over, we must enter a new era of hope and progress. We must enter a period where we bury mistrust, uncertainty, pain and tension, and begin a new chapter of harmony and collaboration. We cannot afford to dwell on the negatives.

"We have gone through a difficult period over a few years; it is now time to put it all behind us. We must enter a period in which South Africa reclaims its position and image as a thriving nation, which can overcome all its difficulties, and which is able to put the country first above sectional and party political interests."...

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