South Africa: 'Tis the Season of Political Defections and Last-Minute Endorsements

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By Rebecca DavisJacob Zuma is posing for photos with BLF.

Zindzi and Zenani Mandela are posing for pictures with the EFF's Dali Mpofu. Vytjie Mentor has joined the ACDP, and ward councillor defections are happening thick and fast.

The usual tumult of the South African political fray is stepping up a notch, which can only mean one thing: the election countdown has truly begun. Less than six weeks to go till the national polls, and South African politics nerds are studying Twitter the way medieval seers inspected animal entrails to divine the future.

If Jacob Zuma is posing happily with the central command team/total membership of BLF, what does it mean? If scions of the Mandela family are pictured in a warm embrace with the EFF's Dali Mpofu, what does it mean?.

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