Visiting Cape Town compels the reading of an interesting political message. Driving along the leafy streets of the southern suburbs or the depressingly unchanged areas which remain a product of apartheid spatial geography, the posters of the political parties jump out at one, each promising nirvana in our lifetime.

That is to be expected in election season; what is illuminating is the absence of any poster informing the electorate who the ANC candidate is for premier of the province. The implication is: Vote for Mr Ramaphosa and he and the party bosses will provide a premier.

But I hear you say — the voter is entitled to know who will run the Western Cape as premier in the event of an ANC victory. That would allow for an informed decision by the electorate, but if the ANC wins the province, then it is the party bosses who choose and not the voters…..more