Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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In each of Wednesday's by-elections, the incumbent party held on to its seat - with the ANC retaining three wards, and IFP and DA one each, but the DA dropped almost 24 percentage points in Thabazimbi, Limpopo.
South Africa is in the process of a political realignment. The prevailing trend in this realignment is the growth of the extremes in our politics at the expense of our more centrist parties.
The ANC has retained Ward 37 in its Dullah Omar region in Nyanga, Cape Town, following a by-election.
The ANC suffered a humiliating defeat this week when ward 30, which it previously controlled, was taken away by the UDM at the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro by-elections.
The Democratic Alliance Federal Executive (DA FedEx) expressed concern about by-election results, during its two-day sitting to reflect on matters affecting the party and country.
The ANC in eThekwini has won Ward 71 in Chatsworth, snatching the ward that had been won by the Democratic Alliance in the 2016 municipal elections.
The validity of the current voters’ roll, which the Electoral Commission has been using since the dawn of democracy, hangs in the balance.
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