Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

5 May 2014

South Africa: Say Goodbye - the Last of the Post-1994 Era Elections

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Standing in line to vote (file photo).

analysis

With Elections 2014 all over bar the actual voting, it's time to sum up Campaigns 2014. To see who did what and why, and work out what that actually tells us. And then to work out what the next elections could be like.

If these elections were a Mr Men book, it would quite easy.

Once upon a time Little Ms Bossy shouted at Mr Number One who was protected by several dozen Mr and Ms Little Firepool-deniers. Master Obama helped Little Ms Bossy, but wasn't able to do much. On the sidelines Little Ms Splendid sat in a grumpy puddle, wondering why she had kissed Ms Bossy.

The person who gained the most attention was Little Master Shouty. He shouted and shouted, but couldn't really explain why he was shouting so much. And so many people have got used to his shouting, they don't give an eff anymore anyway. Then, from KwaZulu-Natal there was Mr Grumpy. Mr Grumpy had once been so important, and so cross, that he didn't want to take part in elections at all. Twenty years later, he's still cross, but he is not nearly as important as he used to be. And...

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