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OPINION| No Matric, no Problem?

No matric? No problem, corruption and it's hand maiden factionalism are at the root of the near collapse of the more than 120 ANC municipalities classified as dysfunctional (COGTA has decided to dissolve habitual offenders such as Ramotshere in Zeerust). Party leadership processes use patrimonialism/clientelism, vote buying, membership manipulation and vote rigging. 

Regional and provincial leaders (such as mayors and MECs) buy votes by forcing municipal officials to employ their runners in lucrative jobs. These runners form what is called someone's constituency, when someone wants to go to the NEC, parliament and cabinet they usually check who has a strong constituency in each district and province. They pay a premium to comrades who command large numbers. That's how David Mabuza with his 700 delegates became kingmaker between CR17 and NDZ17

Without addressing this vote buying practice, the party has set up panels of its heavyweights to interview mayoral candidates across the country, it won't work

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