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Say what you will, Gayton McKenzie is showing the ANC how it’s ...

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Say what you will, Gayton McKenzie is showing the ANC how it’s done

Perhaps the key to turning around municipalities is entrust them to unconventional politicians who care about people

Executive editor: opinions and analysis

What a funny country we live in.

Gayton McKenzie, a convicted criminal turned businessman and later politician, is delivering services and making a difference as mayor of the Central Karoo District Municipality in the Western Cape. His Patriotic Alliance did not win this municipality outright and is in a coalition with the ANC and another smaller party. 

We shook our heads and laughed when he made bold promises upon assuming the mayoral chain. Apart from pledging to work for free, McKenzie promised residents he would eradicate bucket toilets and open derelict swimming pools within his first 100 days in office...

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