Last weekend the great, the good - and a whole lot at the other end - got together in Durban to celebrate the ANC’s birthday. Held on the nearest weekend to January 8, the bash effectively provides a sneak preview for what the rest of us can expect for the year ahead from government.
This year, though, is different. The January 8 statement almost immediately became a party manifesto for the elections that loom in May. As one wag pointed out earlier this week, the ANC’s made its promises, now all it has to do will be to find the voters.
This is going to be a highly contested election. There’ll be plenty of accusations, spinning, fake news - and maybe even a little bit of truth in all the claims between the ruling ANC and the pretenders to the throne; the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters.
Spare a thought, though, for the voter. We’re facing a choice of more than 258 political parties when we walk into the voting booth. Some of them will be nuanced in their approach, so nuanced in fact that you might be forgiven for thinking you're voting for a TV station when in fact you’re actually making a tick against the Economic Native Congress of Azania.
Jimmy Manyi has joined the African Transformation Movement, after first trying the AADC which sounded like a rock group for the OCD.