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NATASHA MARRIAN: All power to the Patriotic Alliance?

The ANC is feeding voters to the wolves by effectively going back on its promise not to enter coalitions ‘at all costs’

NATASHA MARRIAN: Coalition brinkmanship

The EFF is no doubt the ANC's favoured coalition option but its demands are likely to be dealbreakers

NATASHA MARRIAN: The problem with voters checking out of the system

Political alienation could fuel instability as the legitimacy of government is eroded in the eyes of a citizenry who did not choose it

NATASHA MARRIAN: Eskom: ANC’s achilles heel

The lesson of these elections for the ANC is that it needs to fast-track energy reforms and Eskom's turnaround

NATASHA MARRIAN: Will 2021 be the year of the smaller parties?

Internal party polls are particularly unreliable ahead of these elections, but there seems to be some data behind the DA’s attacks on ActionSA

NATASHA MARRIAN: With members like these, who needs enemies?

Ramaphosa has been busy on the campaign trail, but his tired smile can’t hide the fact that the ANC’s leadership track record at municipal level is dismal

NATASHA MARRIAN: The battle for Tshwane

The DA and the ANC are both pushing hard to win an outright majority rather than being forced to form a coalition in Tshwane

NATASHA MARRIAN: It may be Independents’ Day

In the past two municipal elections, independents received more than 300,000 votes. If added together as a party, it would be the fifth largest in SA

NATASHA MARRIAN: Cosatu bats for the judiciary

The judiciary and the constitution have found an unlikely defender: Cosatu

NATASHA MARRIAN: Next test of Cyril’s resolve

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s resolve as a reformer is set to be tested, now that the radical economic transformation faction has largely been neutralised

NATASHA MARRIAN: Helen Zille’s puzzling challenge

Zille’s challenge is as puzzling as her affection for Zuma, who in effect destroyed our economy and inflicted damage SA may never recover from

NATASHA MARRIAN: Desperate times for the ANC

The ANC’s secretary-general is suspended due to corruption charges, the party is broke and unable to pay staff, and now it has made a royal mess of its ...

NATASHA MARRIAN: When politicians get out of the way

While the progress of the NPA in bringing politicians to book remains frustratingly slow, the SIU is stepping up and showing serious intent in cleaning up ...

NATASHA MARRIAN: Why cadre deployment must die

The ANC deployment committee’s overarching power to make appointments — not merely issue recommendations, as Ramaphosa initially suggested — may just be ...

NATASHA MARRIAN: Will ANC’s elections move pay off?

The upcoming local government elections may be a game changer for the ANC, as it opens up its candidate selection process to nonmembers

NATASHA MARRIAN: Time for the whole truth

The composition of Ramaphosa’s new team will indicate if he is confident enough to be completely candid