Ahead of every election, something happens that has a major impact on voters. Ahead of the 2014 elections, E-tolls were introduced on Gauteng highways and the then public protector Thuli Madonsela released her damning report on Nkandla — and the ANC suffered in consequence.

When South Africans went to the polls again five years later, the state capture revelations were fresh in everyone’s mind, and the ANC took another hit. The party’s top brass were relieved that the electoral damage was not even worse; “Ramaphoria” had saved their bacon. ..

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