As the elections get closer politicians will wear their toothpaste smiles and move closer to the people.
The politicians will go back to the masses and ask them to vote them back into power. Like an abused wife, voters will do as requested. It's all in the game.
South Africans vote on the basis of loyalty, just as in other African countries. The majority of people remain loyal to the ANC because it has liberated them from the bondage of apartheid. This suggests that voters don't measure the party's performance.
Do voters care if candidates are competent or not? Past experience suggests otherwise.
But when the elected leaders fail to deliver, voters are the first to scream at the top of their voices and complain about a lack of service delivery.
It is a fact that the ANC will win next year's elections. The question is: by what margin?
Political pundits predict that the ruling party will win by a smaller margin. The same prediction was made in the run-up to the last elections but the results came out differently.
In the coming elections all eyes will be on Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal because these two provinces will be tightly contested. The ANC will face tough competition from the DA and IFP.