As the 2024 election approaches, opposition parties are quietly confident that they can, if they somehow co-operate without losing their individual identities, push the governing ANC out and take power in the national parliament.

It’s ambitious, to say the least. Underestimating the power of the ANC election machine is a sure way of inflicting pain on yourself, and SA voters are incredibly hard to move. The opposition parties so far gathered into DA leader John Steenhuisen’s moonshot pact — now the “equal partnership” that calls itself the Multi-Party Charter (MPC) — gathered just 27.4% of the vote in the 2019 election to the ANC’s 57.5% and EFF’s 10.8%...

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