The local government elections of November 1 are a failure even before they have been held. They are a failure because nothing in the many party manifestos and the verbiage from politicians really addresses the urgent, burning issues facing SA.

We are a country in deep economic and political crisis. This election should be an opportunity to address the problems we face. The failure to do so by our political parties means that on November 2, when the results have been tallied, we will return to the same old depressingly tired way of doing things...

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