John Steenhuisen has won re-election as DA leader and is now girding himself for next year’s polls. Former newspaper editor Songezo Zibi has launched his vehicle, Rise Mzansi, and is calling on the youth and former anti-apartheid activists to wake up and join his crusade. Julius Malema’s EFF is in fighting mood, aiming to enter its second decade of life with an increase in support from about 10% to a higher double-digit take of votes.

The IFP has a newish leader, though Mangosuthu Buthelezi still lurks in the background like an old male lion that refuses to leave the pride despite younger leadership asserting authority. ActionSA’s Herman Mashaba is going nowhere, he says, until after next year’s election results are in...

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