KHAYA SITHOLE: The instinctive appeal of vigilante leadership
As landlords flee a crumbling city and building hijackers take over, Kenny Kunene’s leadership style looks attractive
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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