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ELECTIONS 2024

Gauteng populist Panyaza Lesufi tanks ANC, but may still get nod for premier

Gauteng populist Panyaza Lesufi tanks ANC, but may still get nod for premier
Illustrative image | Sources: Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi. (Photo: Gallo Images / Fani Mahuntsi) | Johannesburg City Centre. (Photo: Gallo Images / City Press / Leon Sadiki) | Johannesburg sign. (Photo: Flickr)

The ANC’s decline in Gauteng could open the way for an ANC-EFF-PA coalition in the economic heartland. Will it go Lesufi’s way?

The ANC was given a bloody nose in Gauteng, where the party ended with 36% of the 50% it achieved in 2019 — a big factor in the party’s national decline.

The province had the most registered voters, the majority of whom stayed home in what was regarded as a protest. Soweto, for example, was an ANC stronghold that did not come out to vote in sufficient numbers. Turnout in Emfuleni, the only council with an ANC majority, was poor.

This was a significant factor in the ANC’s national vote, which saw the party lose power for the first time. With Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi heading the party’s list of candidates for premier, will the ANC again green-light his populist brand of politics?

He is known to favour a coalition with two populist parties, which would make Gauteng the first province governed by South Africa’s populist surge should he succeed.

Read more in Daily Maverick: Election Alignment: ANC-EFF coalition pact for Gauteng government is a given

Populism replaces historic ANC politics

For a party with roots deep in the churches, mission schools, academies, and later the trade unions, Lesufi’s brash populism was a shift for the ANC.

Since taking office in 2022, he seemed untouchable. The province’s discerning urban voters delivered a smackdown to the highly personalised brand of politics Lesufi created.

The image of Kliptown, with its shattered roads and forgotten people, symbolises what happened in Gauteng and how it wrote the story of Elections 2024. Kliptown is famous as the place where the Freedom Charter was agreed to and written in 1955.

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Rose Mafunga in Kliptown on 13 May 2024. (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla)

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Nomsa Kheswa after sweeps her yard in Kliptown on 13 May 2024. (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla)

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Union Road in Kliptown, Soweto. Residents complain about litter sewage that runs across the road. (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla)

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Long-time resident of Kliptown Veronica Harrison (65). (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla)

Against the party’s October 2023 instruction to create distance with the EFF, Lesufi and Gauteng party bosses went ahead to boost coalition governments in Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni even as service levels to old ANC supporters went through the floor.

Since then, the city region of Gauteng has imploded under Lesufi’s watch. While he unveiled mega-glitzy projects costing billions, the province’s basics broke down.

Its roads are rutted, its street lighting needs to be fixed, and most importantly, its people are unemployed and unhappy. Crime constantly rises.

The cities of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane (under a DA-led multiparty pact) are all run by coalitions so shaky and unstable that services have crumbled across them.

With all the provincial power available to him to intervene and set things right, Lesufi has spent the past three years courting the EFF and allowing a minority party mayor like Kabelo Gwamanda of the three-seat Al Jama-ah party to run Johannesburg, rather than keeping his eye on the ball of city services.

“The premier, through service-level agreements, has an opportunity to hold the members of the executive council for local government and finance accountable for implementing planned initiatives to improve the effectiveness of local government,” the Auditor-General said in the latest provincial and municipal report.

A premier’s job description

Gauteng is composed of a set of cities and a few smaller district councils. A premier’s job here is to deliver good education, healthcare services and transport networks. Gauteng is still the biggest contributor to SA’s GDP, and its leader’s role is to keep that pie growing to cross-subsidise the country’s system of social solidarity.

Instead, Lesufi has let things slide, and a migration stampede has made the Western Cape catch up so quickly that it is likely to eclipse Gauteng as the wealthiest province.

Gauteng (a Sesotho word that means “Place of Gold”) is now a shadow of its former self and it has been lost by the ANC. As Julius Malema said, once the ANC loses a province or city, it doesn’t get it back, as the Western Cape has shown. 

Gauteng — home of a modern ANC

The loss is significant for the ANC. On election day on 29 May, three of its presidents (President Cyril Ramaphosa and two predecessors, Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe) all voted in Johannesburg, where they live.

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Former president Thabo Mbeki votes at the Killarney Country Club in Johannesburg. (Photo: Sharon Seretlo / Gallo Images)

Much of the party’s storied history is written in the province: Soweto, where Nelson and Winnie Mandela lived and the heart of the uprising in 1976 that birthed many of the movement’s finest leaders; and Chancellor House, the building where Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu had their eponymous law offices.

The ANC’s early successes were also in Gauteng. Soweto was the first and most successful post-apartheid transformation. The provincial government recast the former dormitory town of apartheid’s worst planners as a modern city linked to the metropole. It was and is still outstanding.

However, with many residents born after 1994, Soweto’s historical loyalties with the ANC frayed. A new generation wants cities that work and Lesufi failed to deliver by turning a blind eye to ailing coalition governments. Soweto is often without electricity and water.

Across the road from the Diepkloof BRT bus stop, pigs graze on litter strewn in veld that hasn’t been cleaned for months. On election day, Soweto made its unhappiness known by staying away, ANC strategists say.

Lesufi didn’t only fail to deliver city coalitions which worked for the ANC. In Emfuleni, the only council in Gauteng that the ANC still runs, the decay hits you in the face. The economy is in visceral decline in this former industrial heartland where ArcelorMittal steel dominates.

On the way in, streetlights are cut down in a line, like trees felled in a forest. Crime is out of control despite a sizeable police force and crime wardens. As dusk falls, dark comes fast. The roads are wrecked. On the way from Johannesburg to Emfuleni, expensive Gauteng Transport road infrastructure projects lie dormant and half-done.

When you read the Auditor-General’s reports, they tell the story of how the ANC lost the province. Overspending, irregular, wasteful expenditure and documented material irregularities (the worst of worst audit opinions) are common. While there are improvements in auditing, the overall quality of life in the city region is declining after years of improvements surveyed by the Gauteng City-Region Observatory.

Eventually, poor governance comes home to roost, as it did in the 2024 election.

Populism on steroids

In the campaign, Lesufi went complete strongman. He wrote an op-ed in the Sunday Times virtually instructing Ramaphosa to sign the NHI Bill into law.

Then he took the NHI on the stump, promising people they could attend private hospitals on 30 May, the day after the elections.

When Ramaphosa promulgated the NHI Act two weeks before the elections, Lesufi again claimed on social media that Gauteng hospitals were ready for the new universal health fund that same day.

In fact, the Auditor-General’s report from 2022/23 says: “We are concerned about the [Gauteng] health department’s readiness to implement government’s National Health Insurance due to inadequate infrastructure delivery, safety and security concerns, and the slow pace of repairs and maintenance.

“The department also did not perform due diligence reviews on infrastructure projects funded by the health facility revitalisation grant. Projects were poorly managed, resulting in projects being delayed, abandoned or — where completed — not being fully utilised, limiting communities’ access to healthcare facilities.”

The gap between his braggadocio and real life in Lesufi’s Gauteng got too big to bear for voters.

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The premier comes to town bearing gifts

Since he took over as premier, Lesufi has been trialling a very different style of politics from his predecessor. David Makhura was more understated and like typical ANC leaders — bookish and with big plans. When Lesufi moves, it is with an entire media entourage or courtiers. A cameraperson captures his every speech, and a full social media team (more extensive than many newsrooms) boosts his profile constantly, as the graphic shows. A platoon of his own Praetorian Guard, the so-called amaPanyaza crime wardens, accompanies him.

Like all populists who fall, he began buying into his own propaganda, shielding himself from criticism from his comrades and the public with an increasingly defensive social media personality.

Less talk. More work,” he posts in the face of genuine citizen questions about how he funded his various bling campaigns or their effectiveness.

Lesufi splurged billions in under three years on projects like Nasi iSpani, #iCrushNoLova (a R23-billion boondoggle announced with the UIF and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi amid the election campaign), the Gauteng crime wardens, the provincial panic buttons and a smart city mirage.

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The Gauteng provincial government partnered with the South African National Defence Force for the training of Gauteng Crime Prevention Wardens. (Photo: @Fulstob / X)

These lie like monuments to a failed experiment. As the election campaign started, he diverted funds from the service organisations the city funds for its most vulnerable citizens. He started Operation Khanyisa to buy generators and micro-grids in the townships, informal settlements and hostels the ANC in Gauteng targeted to win the election. But in so doing, he lost the party support among crucial communities.

By taking money from the service organisations for the most vulnerable (the elderly, the differently abled, children and abused women), he lost black support.

By extracting resources from Johannesburg’s struggling electricity utility, City Power, to fund the ill-considered Operation Khanyisa, Lesufi exacerbated the electricity problems of the ANC’s oldest supporters in vote-rich areas like Soweto.

He shot himself and the ANC in the foot by treating black South Africans as a homogenous group of “township, hostels and informal settlement” dwellers — the so-called Tish strategy. In fact, each group is very different, and they have different politics and needs. As the central plank of the Gauteng ANC election strategy, it failed and revealed how far removed its leaders are from the province’s people.

Pork barrel politics meet discerning voters

Throughout the campaign, the blur between party and state was clear. One day, Daily Maverick witnessed a senior government official swapping a government T-shirt for his ANC yellow T-shirt as Ramaphosa’s cavalcade worked through Cosmo City. The government used the Nasi iSpani public works plan as a goodie bag in a display of pork barrel politics.

Sign-ups were held at government schools and Lesufi swooped in with his entourage. He sat down by a learner as his booster media snapped and posted.

Ntombi Mlotshwa had done a bricklaying apprenticeship. Like many young people in Gauteng, she hustles and grabs opportunities and has already trained for an engineering technical fellowship. She also works at pop-ups selling fast-moving consumables like Coca-Cola or NutriDay.

Later, we asked Mlotshwa who she would vote for.

“I am going to vote, but I am really not sure who it is for. I am definitely not going to vote for the ANC. They make empty promises,” she said.

She said she had not been paid for her bricklaying work. On 23 May, Lesufi missed his deadline for making good and paying the Gauteng social organisations from which the government withheld funds. 

EFF and MK make inroads into ANC votes

Across the road from a school, EFF Cosmo City chairperson Siba Mxinwa said of the ANC campaign: “They are daydreaming, those ones. Our people are coming in. They want us to take over and deliver jobs.”

The EFF and MK in Cosmo City have filled the gap left by ANC branches where members are increasingly insiders who get access to the best Gauteng government opportunities, while communities who were its traditional supporters are left out in the cold.

An EFF member explained how they help people get their children registered at schools or collect for the destitute by putting together their own money. This is how the ANC used to be in Gauteng. The EFF placed third in Gauteng with 12.46%.

The ANC’s inner-circle cadres are highly paid government managers or tenderpreneurs winning big contracts.

MK soaks up ANC voters

On Ramaphosa’s campaign day, MK set up a gazebo in Ivory Park. 

With the party swag of green, black and gold everywhere, it was clear that ANC members had swapped easily because it felt like they were going “home”. MK is like a rib taken from the chest of the ANC.

While its leader, former president Jacob Zuma, has his motives for the breakaway, Daily Maverick found that on the ground, MK feels like the ANC used to.

MK member and community worker Clifford Gqiba was with a big group of members, all wearing party regalia.

 

“Everything has depleted. Infrastructure has collapsed. It’s not nice. Everything is a mess. There’s no privacy. In all primary schools, people are queuing for jobs [referring to the Nasi iSpane programme]. Where were those jobs [before]? They are pulling the wool [over people’s eyes],” he said.

In Soweto and Ivory Park, Daily Maverick saw MK sign-up tents run by people who had switched from the ANC. Membership book sign-ups were full, and when we flipped through them, there was no sign of gerrymandered drives. It looked like organic membership sign-ups.

“The last time they [Ivory Park] saw the President [Ramaphosa] was during elections [in 2021],” said Gauteng regional coordinator Gadaffi Olifant.

MK targeted Gauteng and worked ward by ward. The party has clever tacticians and organisers in its midst and has been a massive factor in the ANC’s fall in the province and country. In Gauteng, it placed third behind the DA and won 10.52% of votes.

ANC’s abrogation of responsibility

Gauteng has shown the folly of the ANC’s bet on its core supporters’ eternal forgiveness and kind-heartedness.

Its poor governance has caught up with it. Even in Cosmo City, a successful new urban development by the ANC, potholes mark Africa Road, the main drag into the area. People are not working and the economy is informalised, with hair salons on the pavement and hawking a major form of survivalist enterprise.  

In the West Rand, governments have squandered years of taxes on the surrounding gold mines. Khutsong is beset by sinkholes. On the way in, big red and white signs warn: “High Crime Area” or “Potholes. Beware.”

When a government puts up signs like this, it symbolises the abrogation of service and responsibility. 

Decay is visceral, and the many young people wandering around high on nyaope are like a dream deferred. Former ANC member Abram Matabane has flipped to the EFF, and we meet him at a rally.

“For 30 years, the ANC has done nothing. There are drugs in the location. I was a card-carrying member of the ANC.”

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EFF leader Julius Malema. (Photo: Gallo Images / Alet Pretorius)

Anna Ngqaqu (71) also used to be an ANC member — now she was bedecked in EFF regalia. She sat with rows of other gogos in Khutsong who had come to listen to EFF leader Julius Malema speak, and who were typically ANC members.

“Our youth are not working. I was in the ANC before 2013. We owe water [tariffs] and don’t know how we will pay,” she said, going on to speak about drugs, sinkholes and various local problems.

Lesufi as an Icarus

Lesufi behaved more like the emir of a wealthy emirate, building his own police force, planning smart cities and creating pie in the sky for his people. In the end, Gauteng’s smart people voted against his brand of populism.

Many ANC campaigns have succeeded when they went to voters with a message of “We will do better” or when they owned up to their mistakes. But this time, its message of “Let’s do more, together” failed as the legendary loyalty of its voters ran aground on the evidence of state destruction and as the outsize gap between the government and the governed grew too large to sustain.

Lesufi is now set to return as premier. An ANC committee chaired by former president Kgalema Motlanthe will sit this weekend to decide on premiers.

In months of reporting, Lesufi has refused requests for an interview. The ANC in Gauteng promised to respond but did not on three occasions. The premier’s spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla, did not respond to a final request for comment this week.

Lesufi also refused requests to speak at Daily Maverick’s The Gathering and at its Gauteng premier’s debate. DM

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  • Graeme de Villiers says:

    All good things come to those who wait. Lesufi has been a scourge on everything he has touched, notably education in the province, and now the province itself.
    Let the snake eat itself.

  • Go to hell satan says:

    Well written article at times i get jealous on how you write amazing articles .great job

  • Grumpy Old Man says:

    His is not a personality that takes personal responsibility. He is a complete narcissist. The way he campaigned was in effect to treat the residents of Gauteng like they were stupid. I can’t imagine a greater form of disrespect. People here can see that things are getting worse. They can see that the coalition agreements here benefit no one other than the incumbents. Panyaza, in effect, did more for the opposition in this Province than he did for the ANC.
    I don’t get to vote on the decisions the ANC take internally – but if they retain this character as Premier they are sealing their own fate

    • Middle aged Mike says:

      “The way he campaigned was in effect to treat the residents of Gauteng like they were stupid.”

      And nearly 35% of those who voted confirmed his hunch.

      • Grumpy Old Man says:

        The ANC will always have its staunch supporters. I might not agree with them, but I respect their choices. There are also a lot of traditional ANC voters who vote by not voting. In other words, they choose to stay at home rather than vote for another party.
        The loss of support the ANC has suffered in Gauteng is seismic and is reflective of the lack of trust the people of Gauteng have in the ANC. My own experience of people in Jhb – across all walks of life – is that they are a pretty ‘switched on’ bunch.
        Panyaza also, severely, underestimated the mood of the people and thought they would buy into his BS.
        In my opinion the Gauteng result will hit the ANC harder and more painfully than KZN.
        It’s proof that empty promises, ideology and tales of Tintswalo don’t wash, that the younger generation expects more.
        I also think that this result is not the worst thing for the ANC. It represents an opportunity to reinvent themselves and move forward. This election could be the best thing that ever happened to them, depending on the direction they choose to take

        • Middle aged Mike says:

          I don’t respect the repetition of electoral choices that have such obviously staggeringly negative outcomes. Political parties aren’t soccer teams and blind support for them is both foolish and a waste of our very hard won democracy. I don’t see why the continued existence of the ANC is desirable for anyone but their nomenklatura of serial BEE deal participants given how incredibly badly they have conducted themselves while in power.

  • Just Me says:

    Gauteng populist Panyaza Lesufi is as arrogant and inept as the rest of the ANC comrads.

  • Denise Smit says:

    100% *+ article in world class standard which should have been placed before the election. Replacing one populist with two other populists are not going to change the situation anywhere

  • William Kelly says:

    Out of touch. Perhaps nANC (new ANC) will figure it out and put him on the altar of public good in the upcoming seismic shifts. Can’t happen fast enough, the man is a buffoon, a poo bah and a wrecking ball of incompetence.

  • Mike SA says:

    “For a party with deep roots in churches, mission schools…”
    Those church’s and mission schools were started and financed by the white settlers, as they did not exist before and Adams Mission at Amanzimtoti educated a number of prominent black politicians

  • Mike SA says:

    It must be understood that Adams Mission during the sixties and seventies was run by a white Afrikaner Head Master.

  • Sylvester Mokubedi says:

    Well written piece. There’s no servitude, just propaganda campaigns to propel himself to parliament and ultimately the presidency (that is his ambition). I mean he failed to revive Moroka Swallows. What did we expect as a province in ruins?

    I stopped voting ANC after the 2007 Polokwane fracas!

  • Fanie Rajesh Ngabiso says:

    From powerhouse to outhouse.

    The sharp and unhappy demise of Gauteng under Lesufi.

  • Lynda Tyrer says:

    He has done nothing but lie to his people from the start.

  • Colleen du Toit says:

    @FerialH and @DM – what a fabulous, excellently researched take-down of an article – and SO richly deserved! For me the absolutely final nail in the coffin of my impression of Lesufi was/is the disgraceful situation in regard to contracts and payments to hundreds of Gauteng NGOs that look after the most vulnerable! NO more Lesufi in Gauteng!!!

  • mike van wyk says:

    Multiply throughout the country this political miss-match between reality verses promises and the downfall of the ANC is fully explained. The question remains to be answered to how the next mixed bag government is going to make good on election promises.

  • D'Esprit Dan says:

    Gauteng residents have been screwed over successive ANC premiers and Mayors for years now, and it’s plain to see in the state of our province. Ferial talks about David Makhura as an understated pragmatist (which by Lesufi’s grotesque standards is probably true), but it was under Makhura that Life Esidimeni happened, that the fires at our hospitals happened, that Babita Deokoran was murdered, that massive corruption took place during Covid – and not one person has been found guilty or gone to prison.

    Ferial also says that Lesufi ‘allowed’ Gwamanda to become mayor: on the contrary, Gwamanda was Lesufi’s choice, forced onto the citizens of Joburg. He forced us to endure this mayor – can’t remember if the financially illiterate predecessor from Al-Jamaah was also his choice – and he must be booted because of it. Why can the ANC not elect someone with ability in Gauteng, instead of this Malema-lite populist idiot?

    • Middle aged Mike says:

      They didn’t elect themselves. Over and above the 35% of Gauteng voters who want more of what the nice Mr Lesufi has to offer there’s the nearly 20% who think that the EFF and MK will deliver even more of the same goodness. Those numbers together mean we are pretty much guaranteed to go down the kleptocommie toilet and that’s down to the substandard voters of our cursed province.

  • hradali says:

    Your article struck me as overly negative, lacking the objectivity I expect from a seasoned journalist like yourself. While I hold you in high regard, this piece seems to miss the mark on multiple levels. Despite listing the impactful projects under Premier Panyaza’s leadership over the past 2.5 years, you dismiss them as mere populist photo album, why?

    I find it difficult to understand this populist narrative. Is it populist to address the concerns of Gauteng residents who are troubled by rising crime rates? Panyaza introduced programs like CCTVs in partnership with the private sector, ePanic buttons, bought new helicopters and more patrol cars for SAPS, and introduced drones, cashless province initiative, and peace wardens (amapanyapanya as popularly known to tackle the high crime rate in GP head-on. When residents of Soweto, Ivory Park, Emfuleni, and West Rand voiced their frustrations about Eskom’s failure to replace transformers, resulting in a lack of access to electricity, Panyaza allocated a budget to rectify this, ensuring thousands could regain power. What is populist about that?

    Consider the Nasi Ispani program, which has provided over 100,000 unemployed young people with training and employment opportunities, enabling them to support themselves and their families. How can these initiatives be labeled as mere populism? Are we in a new era where when a politician responds to residents’ pressing needs, it has a new term now, populist?

    Granted, Panyaza may not have attended your election’s premier debate or responded to your questions, but to paint all his efforts as negative and populist undermines your objectivity. Many Gauteng residents appreciate his work, even if it falls short of an outright majority endorsement in the 2024 election results.

    Is he perfect? Certainly not. However, it is important to acknowledge his positive contributions. Objectivity is a noble and essential trait of professionalism, and we must maintain it. Let’s give credit where it is due.

    • Middle aged Mike says:

      Why don’t you quote some metrics that reflect how Panyaza ‘free healthcare for everyone after the electios’ Lesufi has improved the quality of life of Gautengers with any of his “initiatives”? Before and after numbers would be nice if you have any to hand.

    • Mike SA says:

      He was the person along with his body guards who was quick to accuse and intimidate a white pre-primary school owner of racism when it turns out that the black mother from Botswana concocted this story because she owed the pre-primary school owner money for her children’s care.

    • Random Comment says:

      If you are struggling with the written content, please take a look at the photos (which are worth a thousand words).

    • Grumpy Old Man says:

      What is the financial state of our province? What is the estimated cost of our infrastructure maintenance backlog?
      The programmes to which you refer were never properly evaluated or budgeted for and are unlikely to be sustained into the future (because they simply cannot be afforded). In this context they were without any doubt whatsoever, projects intended to win him popular support.
      Also, funny how I was notified of the municipal tariff increases, two days after the election results were finalized.
      That’s the problem the people of our Province face – deteriorating services, lower property values but at increased cost. Allowing Panyaza Lesufi anywhere close to a budget is like giving your alcoholic uncle the keys to a bottle store.
      There is nothing – and I mean nothing – about Panyaza that is praiseworthy

    • robby 77 says:

      You probably are mistaking quick-fix, reactive pet projects for long-term sustainable solutions for the residents (mostly the poor) which have clearly cost far too much. The province is worse off (despite the band-aid plasters), end of story.

    • Penny Philip says:

      The Nasi Ispani website looks good & I really hope that it goes from strength to strength. It would be great if it could be expanded to include apprenticeships for youth without degrees.

  • Geoff Coles says:

    As I recollect, it is the President who appoints the Provincial Premiers…..surely not Lesufi who has utterly failed in everything.

    • Skinyela Skinyela says:

      Which section of the constitution says so?

    • Hidden Name says:

      Technically the party which holds the most seats will appoint the provincial premier – not the president. Although in the ANC’s case that was pretty much the same thing till now as the tail that wags the dog, so to speak.

  • Trevor Gray says:

    The last 2 lines sum it up perfectly, arrogance personified. He gambled the farm on a slick media / PR show of smoke and mirrors. The ANC does not punish it’s failures due to the “collective responsibility” which means fokol consequences. This is the terminal and fatal flaw of the party!

  • Truth Hurts says:

    To see the demise of the Anc in my lifetime is wonderful comfort! To think the NNP left them a strong economy, world class infrastructure and they stole everything! All they had to do was maintenance! The Anc became a government, but still behaved like freedom fighters! All they could and still think of is filling up their bank accounts with our hard earned money, while we get no value! As for MK Party, I don’t see it surviving the 2029 elections! Their cult leader, Zuma will no longer be there!

  • Johan Herholdt says:

    With the MK party syphoning off much of the constitution-hating, land-grabbing RET faction of the ANC, they should now be free to form coalitions with parties who are willing to help fix the damage they inflicted on us for the past 30 years.

  • Penny Philip says:

    Lesufi has, I think, long term goals of running for President hence all the social media around him. He thinks voters are all stupid & can’t see the decay & mess Gauteng is in.

  • Rae Earl says:

    I note that DM has reduced my comments to a max off 300 characters. I’ll take my insider membership donation elsewhere. Thanks for nothing.

  • District Six says:

    Great article. Wait! Here come the DA apologists. Write an article bashing the ANC and its leaders and they go ape applauding. Write an article critical of the DA and they go ape bashing the author. A month ago, the same folks were ready to lynch Ferial. Clowns to the left; jokers to the right.

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