Here’s a timeline of events for Tlokwe. I made it using this awesome tool developed by the Knight Lab, and taught to me at the Data Journalism Academy run by Code4SA. Let me know what you think.
Come for the musical puns and stay for the political analysis, that’s always been the motto and tagline of this blog. But I digress. Thlokwe and the IEC are in a mess.
Ward by-elections are dominated by political parties and our only chance at direct elections becomes another process that involves the courts, the police and a series of negotiations behind closed doors. It’s not surprising that our analysis is focused on party rivalries and power balances. If your role in representative government is reduced to that of spectator, you start to seek out the spectacle.