It’s an election year, of course, said one friend who used to work for a state-owned enterprise amid social musings the other day over why the president bothered to declare an electricity state of disaster.

An election year? Look what happened in the Covid-19 state of disaster or that declared for the KwaZulu-Natal floods, replied the friend. In an election year the party needs money. A state of disaster allows procurement processes to be overridden and corrupt contracts to be more easily awarded...

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