19 November 2018

South Africa: Writing the Election 2019 - Things Just Got a Lot Worse for the ANC

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If the maladministration of the past decade, and especially the burst carbuncles of the past week are anything to go by, there is little trust in the ANC's leaders. There is a sense that the ANC have taken the country as far as they could, and can do no more.

If, as suggested in this Op-Ed three weeks ago, neither one of the three major political parties was ready for the 2019 election, things got a whole lot worse for the ANC last week. This lack of readiness has nothing to do with actual election manifestos or plans being in place, and everything to do with dissent, factionalism, resignations and general instability within the ANC, the DA and the EFF.

At the date of designation, 13 March 2014, the three parties represent 90.75% of the seats in Parliament's National Assembly. Whatever one may think of either one of these parties, they are powerful and significant - albeit for different reasons, and to varying degrees. The ANC are powerful because they...

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