Like Zuma or the promises of the ANC, maybe we’re just getting old

There is a strange lack of energy surrounding the looming general election

Monday’s decision ( that Jacob Zuma cannot stand as an MP has come as a relief to many South Africans but most of all to Zuma himself, who, at the age of 82, faced the grim prospect of having to change out of his pyjamas and clock in at an office for the first time since he worked for the Guptas.

Not that age is necessarily an impediment to political ambition, of course. Even now, 77-year-old Donald Trump and 81-year-old Joe Biden are reminding us what the human body can do when it is highly motivated: sway slightly from left to right...

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