Undecided votes, defiance votes, spoilt votes, split votes - this is certainly an election with a difference with new dynamics and options to consider. It is also the first Mandela-less election in democratic South Africa, and possibly the last time liberation-era sentiment can be invoked as a major campaign factor.
The ANC and its alliance are at a crossroads. After this election, race politics is likely to be replaced by class contestation for power. Change is coming, but not with the quixotic haze prophesied in the election adverts.
George W. Bush was an awful president of the world's most powerful nation. His warmongering ("This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous.
And having said that, all options are on the table"), his patent ignorance of international affairs ("We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe.
We are a part of Europe"), and his idiotic comments (see above, plus "It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it") created chaos and dumbed down politics.
But Bush won a second ...