The ANC released last week its list of candidates to contest the May 8 general election, a list littered with individuals implicated in state capture. The party was kicked into crisis management mode, taking every opportunity to explain that no one on the list has been convicted of a crime and that everyone is innocent until proven otherwise. Then things started snowballing for the governing party. Stage four load-shedding gripped the country once again, a senior party member in KwaZulu-Natal was arrested in connection with the murder of former ANC Youth League secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa, and to top it off President Cyril Ramaphosa got stuck on a train. Ramaphosa on Monday, while on the campaign trail for the ANC, took a train ride with commuters into Pretoria. A trip that should have taken 45min took three hours. He sat on a packed train with commuters who have no choice but to use this form of transport daily. A more daunting electoral threat, however, is the pressing issue ...

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