SA ELECTIONS- THIS TIME ITS PERSONAL
By; Nana Zuke.
As the country awaits the official results with baited breathe, we look back at what was the build up to South Africa’s elections. It is evident how ruthless the individual parties are.
The campaigns have all just been a repeat of what is said each and every year- all the promises that lack results and delivery. The ruling party has boldly highlighted their achievements in the last five years but it is impossible to shy away from the corruption and fraud within the party and the fact that there have been over 99 strikes in the country since last year. While the EFF on the other hand has made it clear that none of their members will be kept in office if found guilty of corruption charges.
The opposition mobilised their resources to highlight these failures, and lure the youth specifically into voting for them. The country has been dancing to the same political tune for far too long, perhaps what it needs is a change in political scenery. Archbishop Desmond Tutu was quoted saying he will not be voting for the ANC in the upcoming elections.
This year’s election however is anticipated to have a potentially surprising outcome. The ANC is losing credibility and both the EFF and DA are gaining a lot of confidence from the youth. Analysts have said the the EFF’s pro poor policies are likely to appeal to the masses. However one in every two blacks still feel that the DA might take them back to apartheid if they are given power, that’s according to a poll done by the DA.
The prospect that the ANC might lose the majority is totally unrealistic according to some analysts.
“The ANC for many people, it is a part of their identity. For years they have lived their freedom through voting for the ANC” said Stephen Grootes in an article on the Daily Maverick.
The ANC is not the only party losing credibility though- the public broadcaster has been in the hot seat latelym Since the SABC is funded by the ANC it comes as no surprise that the broadcaster might more than usual dance to the ruling party’s tune. It is clear that the SABC has a potential conflict of interest.
An illustration of how far parties are willing to go, is the recent add campaign back and forth between political parties. Every party has the right to campaign, however add campaigns that don’t reflect well on the ruling party by the opposition have been removed and the ICASA has had to be involved. The campaigns were pulled on the basis that they evoked hatred.
Do all these political parties have the people’s best interest at heart or is it all just a game with hidden agendas? Although there are a lot of parties invlovled, the game between the EFF,DA and the ANC seems to be personal.