A colleague teasingly suggested last week that I couldn’t possibly grasp the essentials of Johannesburg politics as I lived in a city that had had the same mayor since the last local government elections in November 2021.  

That doesn’t seem a long time at all, but Joburg has had no fewer than seven mayors over the same period. Yet there is so often an unaccountable resistance to asking even the most basic questions about our post-1994 condition, the stolid constancy of the ANC’s 29 years in government and the unchanging drift of a party that still, implausibly, claims liberationist credentials. ..

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