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Optimism can cause a fatal disconnect from reality

Optimism is an important character trait. And in politics, where perception is everything, it’s critical. But in excess, optimism can cause a fatal disconnect from reality. That might be where SA is now. Poll after poll of recent years yields the same result. South Africans are despondent about their economic and social conditions. They are very concerned about unemployment, crime and corruption and increasingly these plagues have affected them or someone close to them. They have no faith in the country’s institutions. ALSO READ: ‘I have faith in ministers’ – Ramaphosa on motion of no confidence Government…

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