Karen Heese and Kevin Allan | Johannesburg: Why the centre cannot hold

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A general view of Johannesburg. It is the biggest city in the country and capital of Gauteng province, which  began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement. (Photo by Gallo Images/Sharon Seretlo)
A general view of Johannesburg. It is the biggest city in the country and capital of Gauteng province, which began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement. (Photo by Gallo Images/Sharon Seretlo)

It seems prospects for the upcoming local government election are grim for the city of Johannesburg, which is dealing with poor infrastructure, little service delivery and even less accountability, writes Karen Heese and Kevin Allan.

Of late it's been all-too-easy to apply the phrase Things Fall Apart to South Africa's teetering economic hub, Johannesburg, without any sense of hyperbole for its over five million residents.

The recent tragic death of two newlyweds, Zaheer Sarang and Nabeela Khan, in their Crosby home is suspected to be the consequence of illegal connections, but one that had been reported to City Power and only received attention after their deaths.

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