South Africans are world leaders; its master was the late, unlamented, Pik Botha. Selective, sham sincerity fed by retrograde amnesia is our other international benchmark. But the phenomenon is actually an unholy trinity completed by double-speak. We have had to stomach ladles of all this recently.
Last week, fresh from trying to describe what the Fourth Industrial Revolution means, Deputy President DD Mabuza told us that Eskom’s recent power blackouts were a sign of our economic growth.
This week, we had the video of singer and dancer Bongekile Simelane, aka Babes Wodumo, being beaten by her boyfriend Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo; sparking a feeding frenzy of virtue signalling and whataboutery.
Normally, all the hand-wringing on social media and talk radio achieves little - this time, though, the police actually arrested Maphumulo (after being given an ultimatum on Morning TV by the national police commissioner) then promptly let him be released unopposed on R2000 bail.