Unpredictable as the balance between political parties after next week’s elections may be, even bigger questions hover over the character of the South African state, government and policy under coalitions likely to be spawned by Election 2024.

While the ANC is throwing everything into the electoral mix to rescue state power for its exclusive use, including blatant electioneering through last-minute National Health Insurance legislation and at least temporarily improved Eskom operations, the jury remains out on whether this will bring an outright majority or land the ANC in the coalition government zone...

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