This week, in the latest iteration of the mayoral chain relay in the City of Johannesburg, Kenny Kunene got the chance to act as  mayor. The present mayor — whose mission is to match the record of the previous one and last long enough for ratepayers to know his name — was out of the city.

Kunene, whose evolution in public discourse is well known, immediately acted on one of the key areas of focus that his party — the Patriotic Alliance (PA) — has been most outspoken about. In its 2020 manifesto, the PA defined itself as a “party with a conscience and a champion of the weakest and most vulnerable members of society”...

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