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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 15: A general view of the current state of the disputed River Club Redevelopment that includes the site where Amazon headquarters will be situated on December 15, 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa. The redevelopment of The River Club in Cape Town has drawn heavy criticism from lobby groups. (Photo by Gallo Images/ER Lombard)

By Jared Sacks – 3 Feb 2024

Politics (or as some like to refer to it, poly-tricks) in Cape Town generally focuses on opportunistic fights between the Democratic Alliance (DA), the ANC and other political parties.

At the worst of times, they take the form of outright racism, afrophobia and anti-homeless bigotry.

Many of you might remember when Helen Zille called Xhosa-speaking people from the Eastern Cape “refugees” and when JP Smith tried to justify law enforcement’s illegal eviction of Bulelani Qolani, naked from his home?…