Jacob Zuma was replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa as president of SA in full view a little more than a year ago: we all watched the dramatic scenes from our couches and on our smartphones. Such is the nature of our system – major decisions are in the hands of political parties. But now, for the first time since, it is the voter’s moment. Shortly before that, The Ethics Institute conducted its annual Citizens’ Bribery Survey, and asked almost 5,000 respondents the following question: “If the political party you supported was enabling bribery and corruption, would you change your vote?” Astonishingly, 7 out of 10 (71%) said “yes”. This figure should be comforting, because it implies that voter agency isn’t dead. On the other hand, the statistic seems hard to believe, given the high probability that the ANC will retain its majority even after having been unambiguously implicated in state capture. Can a vote in favour of the ANC be a “vote against corruption” at the same time? The truth is tha...

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