The saga playing itself out in the City of Johannesburg, SA’s biggest budget municipality and the economic heartland of Gauteng — which contributes more than a third of GDP — is one that is critical for the country and coalition politics.

Former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba resigned from his post and his erstwhile political party the DA a month ago as a result of internal party politics. That was deeply ironic considering that he was a leader without a clear majority and dependent on support from the EFF. The casual observer would have expected the red berets and the ANC to have been the ones he had to look out for...

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