The ANC in Gauteng is between a rock and a hard place, and the hackneyed phrase “desperate times call for desperate measures” seems to be the best way it can extricate itself from this political mess ahead of 2024’s provincial and national elections.

Survey after survey, including one by the ANC itself, has confirmed a now widely held view that its support could dip below the 50% mark for the first time since democracy in 1994...

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