For the past two years Johannesburg has effectively been governed by a political party that has the support of only 10% of residents. Mayor Herman Mashaba will twist himself into knots to deny it, but he will not survive for a day without the support of the EFF. Thus, we have the untenable situation where the mayor of SA’s largest metro has maintained a deafening silence about the excesses of his governing partners. In the same week that Mashaba made a citizen’s arrest of an indigent hawker, Julius Malema called a cabinet minister “a dog”. He told a female journalist to “go to hell, Satan”. He hurled racist invective at the parliamentary chief whip of Mashaba’s political party. His goons imposed a ban on reporters of a newspaper that has been in Johannesburg for more than a century. Yet, the mayor is as quiet as a mouse. It is not surprising that Malema heaped generous praise on Mashaba in a speech in parliament. He called him “the mayor of the EFF” and promised to continue supporti...

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