Blessed are those who have a clear idea of how they are about to vote. Well, perhaps not. Citizens already certain of where they will place their mark on the ballot paper may either be so slavishly loyal that they ignore any challenging evidence, or they simply haven’t been paying attention to the news. The stakes are high. After Jacob Zuma, the state hasn’t simply been “captured”, there’s been a stealthy coup d’état. So who is best placed to right our heavily listing ship of state? Our two major political contenders frequently contradict themselves. Both the ANC and DA host sizeable in-house factions and policy fissures. In the ANC this can prove fatal, with some councillors shot by party rivals. Meanwhile, the DA has conducted highly publicised policy spats, although at least their weapons are metaphorical (as in, “a stab in the back”). Internal splits will be glossed over during this election campaign — but can we be guaranteed precisely what we are voting for in either case? If ...

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