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The Democratic Alliance edition

Monday was undoubtedly an eventful day. But amid all the glitches, the rain and the protests, a lot happened with the Democratic Alliance that we thought deserved its own election wrap.  🔹What’s an election without some drama? Video footage shows a policeman forcefully pulling Zille out of a voting station in Bethelsdorp, Gqeberha after ANC …

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The big story: An electoral shake-up

Who would have thought the once indomitable ANC would be scrambling for coalition partners to stay in power in cities and municipalities across the country? As the results stream in from the local government elections one thing is clear: South Africa’s voting patterns have finally, fundamentally, shifted.  Early indications are that the ruling party will …

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The big story: The final countdown

Today you’ll be choosing your local government leaders! So, in our final pre-election explainer, we want to talk about coalitions. 🤝 The last local government elections in 2016 saw shock losses for the ANC in major cities, while opposition parties banded together to keep the ruling party out.  The DA coalesced with smaller parties to …

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DA’s divisive Phoenix poster

The Democratic Alliance is like that drunk uncle that always says inappropriate things at family events and is too stubborn to stop. 😓 This time, the blue party put up posters in Phoenix, a predominantly Indian suburb in Kwa-Zulu Natal, which read: “The ANC called you racists” and “The DA calls you heroes” and it’s …

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Political parties’ architectural ambitions

Are politicians frustrated spatial planners at heart? We’re tempted to think so following their recent election campaigning.  The DA in Cape Town wants to turn the estate that houses parliamentarians into low-cost housing. It sends all the right signals: housing 400 MPs costs almost R70 million per year. But we can’t take the party seriously. …

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Party funding fail

This is the first election since the Political Funding Act of 2018 came into effect. We are pretty excited about this, because it will force parties to declare any funder amounts of more than R100 000, ushering in a new era of accountability. Or so we hoped. Last week Thursday the IEC released its first …

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27 May ’21 Wrap: The great state capture heist

Our take: What can a state do with a R50 billion 49,157,323,233.68. Quite a tongue twister, right? That’s 50 billion – in this case, rands the Gupta family allegedly stole from South African taxpayers to carry out its elaborate and abhorrent state capture project. This, according to one estimation. The eye-watering figure was revealed at …

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