An election is a strange thing. As political parties vie for the votes, no avenue will be left untrod and no parties will hesitate to use even formerly shunned leaders to either win votes or cling on to power. You know it is crunch time when ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is promising poor whites in the Western Cape that he will expropriate land for them. “Don’t go anywhere. Stay here. We are going to make sure that even if we have to expropriate this land, because initially this land belonged to [the] government and somebody was leasing it, and in the middle of the lease somebody wants to say I’m the owner … It can’t be,” he told one of the white women whose vote Magashule clearly wants. He visited Paradise Park in Hermanus while on the campaign trail in the Western Cape this week, an area inhabited by mostly poor whites. Many families in the area, according to TimesLive, are facing eviction. In videos on Magashule’s official Twitter page, the secretary- general is seen...

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