A lot of people are saying that 2024 is SA’s 1994. It is the formal campaign slogan of Songezo Zibi’s Rise Mzansi, but it pretty much sums up everyone’s campaign.

You can see why it is alluring. The ANC has been in power for 30 years, the argument goes, and has gone rotten. Either it continues, in which case SA is doomed, or it is swept away and SA can begin anew. The stakes are as high as when apartheid gave way to democracy...

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