A friend expressed frustration that, although it had only been a few months, the Democratic Alliance administration in Johannesburg City Council should have been able to show some improvements in the suburbs. A response was that, after 22 years of African National Party governance, it would take years to see improvement. How big the problem is is becoming increasingly apparent. This was starkly elucidated in an internet radio interview on The Gareth Cliff Show with Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, on Cliff Central on 8 February 2017, the day before the president’s State of the Nation speech. Most of what Mashaba said has been referred to elsewhere in the media, but it is worth reconsidering some of these points. In referring to the corruption and maladministration uncovered in the Auditor General’s Integrated Report to the Council, Mashaba described the ANC’s administration of the last five years as frightening. ‘What kind of human being would really do this to their own country?...

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