The DA-run Western Cape is positioning itself for the day when the ANC government is no longer calling the shots at a national level. There have been two recent developments that underscore the province’s breakaway mentality.

The first was the tabling in the provincial parliament of the Western Cape Provincial Powers Bill. It aims for greater provincial autonomy by seeking the devolution of additional powers from the national government in areas where the latter is failing — policing, energy, trade and ports and public transport...

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