I30 years have passed since Nelson Mandela was released from prison and the lights are still on in South Africa. Although not always. The country has been suffering from periodic rolling current failures since 2007. Last December, the state-owned energy company Eskom, which supplies around 95% of the country’s power, introduced rolling blackouts to meet demand. Production immediately plummeted to its lowest level in five years.
Yesterday the South African parliament was temporarily suspended amidst chaotic scenes as Cyril Ramaphosa, the president, was prevented from handing over his fourth state of national speech in time. Apparently the protest, led by the far left red-shirted economic freedom fighters, involved the presence of Mandela’s predecessor and the last white president of South Africa,