- Rebecca Davis
The Western Cape town of Oudtshoorn, previously best known for ostriches and caves, has come to symbolise deep political dysfunction. Claims of corruption, maladministration and in-fighting have dogged the municipality for years. On Tuesday night, matters reached a (new) head when town councillors were held hostage by angry townsfolk after failing to approve the municipal budget. Pravin Gordhan, take the wheel. By REBECCA DAVIS.