We ain’t fools, DA and ANC. We see your gaslight at the end of ...

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We ain’t fools, DA and ANC. We see your gaslight at the end of the tunnel

Duarte thinks it’s good ANC supporters deserted the polls, while Steenhuisen wants us to believe the DA is styling

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It’s embarrassing to get stood up at the best of times. But when you’ve been ghosted in the full glare of the national media, it’s excruciating. No wonder Jessie Duarte and John Steenhuisen have been sounding like jilted teenagers as the full wreckage of the local government elections becomes clear.

Duarte, whose ANC fell below the symbolic 50% threshold for the first time in the democratic era, opted for that age-old favourite of the embarrassed teen: the blasé shrug, followed by self-serving revisionism.

Speaking to Daily Maverick, Duarte, who’d spent most of last week trying to gaslight the country into believing the state doesn’t control Eskom, explained: “We anticipated that ANC voters would stay away. It’s a good moment for us and getting to grips with ourselves. If you always get what you want, you get complacent.”..

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