On a large noticeboard in Joburg’s suburb of Linden, the Trinity Methodist Church tells passers-by what it’s praying for at this particular moment. Right now, the noticeboard reads: "We’re praying for an acceptable level of city management."

Not mercurial or inspiring — just "acceptable". Even the heavens can’t be asked to wrestle anything more out of the grisly 30-vehicle crash that is the City of Joburg...

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