Welcome to the second instalment of this election cycle’s Useless Political Party Logo Bashing Bash (UPPLBB). It seems you have to have an acronym to get anywhere in the political landscape, so I figured I’d come up with something catchy of my own. I must admit, I didn’t give my brand identity much thought. But then again, neither did many of the “designers” — I use the term hesitantly — whose work is blighting street poles, smartphone screens and ballot papers across SA this month.

In last week’s instalment, I halfheartedly apologised for the cynicism with which I appeared to be approaching the founders’ intentions or the organisational aptitude of some new political parties running for election. But then came the farce of the Jabulani Khumalo and Jacob Zuma uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) leadership sideshow, followed by the absurd theatre of a Constitutional Court application by three parties — the African Congress for Transformation (ACT), the Labour Party of SA and the Afrikan Alli...

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