One of the greatest benefits of an electoral cycle is the newfound sense of urgency it tends to inject into politicians. As SA meanders towards its sixth democratic general election it was always inevitable that leading political parties would seek to identify causes they could leverage in pursuit of political capital with the electorate. Consequently, we have seen the EFF identifying the healthcare sector as one of its rallying points in addition to the land question. The DA, on the other hand, has been vocal in its opposition to the runaway increases in fuel prices. As opposition parties, the EFF and the DA are fortunate in that they are free to identify issues that require redress but for which they don’t necessarily have to come up with solutions. The fuel levy dilemma is a case in point. While the DA is rightly highlighting that a suspension or decrease in the levy would offer welcome relief to consumers, it has not felt a need to explain how the resultant funding gap would the...

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