THANK God the circus is leaving town and is heading to the United States of America.South Africans are putting the proverbial crosses against the parties of their choice on Wednesday (03/08). It has been a blissful three months of allowing divisive campaigning in which parties lured confused molecules and headed them their way. The ANC is the main protagonist, with the DA and the new kid on the block, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), vying to tumble the ANC from their position. There are other players too, like the Congress of the People (Cope), the Freedom Front Plus (FF+), the United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP), the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo), the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and those parties with forgettable names and a host of independent candidates. The protagonist, the ANC, set their target to 70% of the 33 municipalities in the Northern Cape.It is up to the others to deny them their target. The Thembelihle Municipality is the battleground where an independent councillor, Danny Jonas, had been a mayor supported by Cope and the DA, but has now joined the EFF. To compound matters even more, Thembelihle has that eye-sore called Orania on their boundary.The inhabitants of Orania are to hold their own elections away from the election by the Independent Electorial Committee (IEC). These inhabitants of Orania regard themselves as independent from the South African authority, or so they wish.Again, there are two or three tribal parties amongst the coloured community of the Northern Cape who might spoil the joy of the DA and the EFF, as they will further minimise the strength of the two against the mighty ANC. John Block and his voice was also missed in the Northern Cape. Nationally, the three parties flexed their muscles in different stadia. Mmusi “Mymoney” Maimane of the DA took his blue train to his home township in Soweto and they filled the Dobsonville stadium. The EFF’s commander in chief, Julius Malema, also took his “rooi” troops to his barracks in Polokwane and the Peter Mokaba Stadium was filled to capacity. What an orator Julius Malema is. Speaking in a mix of Sepedi and English, he had everyone eating from the palm of his hand. To think that the ANC president is made to read difficult speeches while he is actually comfortable speaking in Zulu. However, the ruling party also had what they termed the final push, or Siyanqoba rally. According to Zizi Kodwa, they successfully filled their selected Ellis Park Stadium with connections to five other venues in the country. This year’s pre-election campaigns were the most deadly.The ANC has lost more than 20 members to intra-party fights.Several people died in Pretoria following lootings and riots after the ANC named Thoko Didiza as a mayoral candidate for Tshwane. If Malema is to be believed, this year’s elections cost the parties an amount to the tune of more than R1 billion, with the ANC having spent close to R1 billion. So today, as ink meets paper and more and more hopes are realised and dashed, it is only proper to wish contestants a happy, hopeful day. After today and possible victory celebrations or tears from the losers, it will be off to Rio, then to the USA election circus, then to the Northern Cape ANC leadership elections and then to Christmas. Interestingly, this weekend alone saw at least one million people entering different stadia, albeit for different reasons. The political reasons are the most obvious, however, as though it was by design that the soccer and rugby foes sat side by side as they hammered each other publicly. Kaiser Chiefs openly beat Orlando Pirates in Soccer City, while the Lions also openly beat Highlanders in Ellis Park. The political beatings, however, are done in secret and the result will come out some hours after the beatings.