It's strange, and it's this idea that parties, in particular, believe they can leverage their brand, their history, and the national popularity of their leaders rather than community support and having communities that can trust the individuals they put forward.
"We know that local government elections, unlike national and provincial elections, are very much about the candidate. It's very much about whether that candidate understands the local setting and can be trusted, and importantly, something that we need to enforce more in South African politics is the ability to hold someone accountable."
I was having a conversation with someone a few days ago who said that you know you think that someone who runs for ward counsellor is probably very brave because you know they run the risk of this community confronting them with violence or many other things that they don't deliver, and that's the negative version of the storey, but the positive version is that we do need communities that can engage those candidates.
You won't be able to march to the Julia House to make sure that your roads are fixed or that your surge is working; instead, you'll need to be able to communicate with the representative that you send to your municipality, who will be in the chambers um in your city arguing on your behalf and making sure that things get done; and if you can't hold that person accountable, if you don't know who that person is, you won't be able to hold them accountable.
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