On a continent where a change of government has too often come about through bloodshed, or led to it, SA — still new in the game — has thus far bucked the trend. Elections always bring out the best in us. We not only put our best foot forward; we have almost come to take the spectacle for granted. The elections last week were no different. By and large people turned out in their numbers peacefully, the mood in the queues was jovial and some were even able to make friends. People made their marks and the outcome is a true reflection of their collective will. This is despite the best efforts of some political nonentities, flaunting manufactured rage in front of the cameras, who tried to rain on the people’s parade. Some people are just meant to be wrecking balls. They’re wired that way. They had thought running for election would be a walk in the park, a guaranteed pay cheque for the next five years. What has been gratifying about the election results is that all the toxicity, the bil...

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