Natasha Marrian Political editor: Business Day

It remains to be seen whether the electorate has the appetite for the many political sideshows taking place ahead of the 2019 general election. What is clear is that the election is being fought in a fractured political environment, the likes of which was last seen in 1994. The quest for power, particularly by factions in the ANC that lost their place at the feeding trough during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s fight against corruption and state capture, has taken on epic proportions and desperation has set in. The 2019 general election is critical to turn around a country on the decline for more than a decade. It is going to be messy and gruelling for established political players. It is also turning out to be rather comical, especially with the likes of self-proclaimed ANC “heavyweights” such as former government spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi and former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng loudly pronouncing their new political endeavours. Manyi is closely associated with the controversial Gupta ...

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