Finally Pretoria has a mayor. After all the juvenile politics that preceded it, the election of former DA MP Cilliers Brink this week will come as a relief to residents, including the entire diplomatic corps in SA, who must have begun to think they were living in a depraved municipal version of the space-time continuum.

The DA has been running the country’s political capital since 2016 as the leader of a series of coalitions, but it has not done a good job. The city is a mess. Its last mayor was filmed instructing officials to award a multibillion-rand power contract without a tender. The ANC and EFF almost managed to wedge their own patsy in the mayor’s office a few weeks ago...

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