We are in election mode as the country prepares for its sixth general election, with all the major political parties preparing to engage in political chicanery unprecedented in our democratic history. Leaders absent for the last five years will appear as genies out of the bottle to win your vote and then disappear into the corridors of parliament, where they will hibernate for the next five years. The ANC, a party with an illustrious record and history, is now a pale shadow of its glorious past. The singing and dancing and clamour becomes more and more untenable in the public eye with the damaging disclosures unearthed by a multitude of weekly revelations, which point to the elite and the coterie as the source of all excesses. The party strategists are desperately trying to create a new look with a fresh daub of populist cosmetics. Our politics was about passion, imagination and foresight. Today, it’s all about greed, lust for power and malignant accountancy. In our nation’s politic...

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