This is the second half of a two-part miniseries in which I explain the turgid, dull and sometimes simply bizarre symbols that voters will encounter alongside the names of the less significant parties on the ballot paper in next week’s election. It may seem absurd that these parties can be dealt with in just two brief instalments; indeed, it is not just absurd, it is depressing. Given the vacuum created by the electorate’s disaffection with the patent shortcomings of the three major contenders, this could be a moment for the smaller parties to shine. But sadly, among them, they have very little to offer the reasonable democrat. Happily, they have lots to offer when it comes to cautionary tales about the uses and abuses of Microsoft Paint. The one-man band who is the Democratic Liberal Congress, one Patrick Pillay, may not be a whizz at marketing but appears to have given some thought to a clear logo: his chirpy thumbs up will stand proud on the ballot paper for all 52 of his likely ...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, Morningstar financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.