Natasha Marrian Financial Mail deputy editor & columnist

The year is 2021. South Africans are heading to the polls to cast their ballots in the fifth democratic local government elections. They are faced with an acute problem: who to vote for in a political landscape dominated by mediocrity and ineptitude, mismanagement of the economy and the collapse of services.

Back in 2019, it had become clear that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s clean-up project was set to be a lengthy, fraught process, weakened further by a divided ANC and a surprisingly ineffectual president...

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