Be worried, ANC. You’ve failed on jabs and jobs and the local ...

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Be worried, ANC. You’ve failed on jabs and jobs and the local polls loom

No party can afford to be complacent at election time, as the collapse of Labour in the UK graphically proves

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Local elections anywhere can often lead to false readings of the national picture.

Such an error here in the local government polls in 2016 prefigured the national decline of the DA three years later in the general election in 2019.

Many will remember how — against all expectation and for what passes as “informed commentary” — the ANC was toppled from power in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay municipalities and DA mayors were installed in all three metros, while the party’s grip on Cape Town on the back of a two-thirds majority made the Mother City virtually a one-party state...

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