To understand what is happening in KwaZulu-Natal politics today, you need to understand what happened in the province in 2009.

Dynamics that echo what happened 15 years ago are playing out in the ANC’s precipitous loss of support in the province now. This matters because it may herald what KZN looks like after the May 29 election, and that it may, crucially, be heading to join the Western Cape in calling for more powers and independence from the centre...

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