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Electioneering has reached fever pitch in Nelson Mandela Bay (PE) where the leaders of the leading protagonists traded blows over the weekend. ANC President Jacob Zuma’s racially-based insults plumbed new depths when he referred to DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip as a snake; an angry DA leader responded by calling the king of Nkandla a modern day Hendrik Verwoerd because he thinks South African blacks are stupid. In a country where snakes are despised and the scars of Apartheid still raw, it’s hard to determine which insult is worse. But talk is cheap. Money, or in this case votes, buys the whisky. A confident DA is already planning a victory parade, with Maimane telling his supporters he will return after the election to slaughter cows in celebration. That’s no idle promise. The polls put his party well ahead, on the cusp of an outright majority. – Alec Hogg
By Thulani Gqirana
Cyril Ramaphosa: The Audio Biography
Listen to the story of Cyril Ramaphosa's rise to presidential power, narrated by our very own Alec Hogg.