What these elections tell us about 2016

2014-05-11 10:00

What did Elections 2014 teach us?

Firstly, that breaking the ANC’s umbilical ties to the South African electorate is going to take a lot more than sniping at the party’s shortcomings.

Secondly, that the march to a non-racial identity is far away.

Thirdly, that the 2016 local government elections will be the most important since democratic South Africa’s inaugural 1994 poll.

It will be in those elections that the ANC could lose control of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay, among others.

This is a prospect that will see the occupants of Luthuli House and Mahlambandlop’fu pay their municipal rates to opposition party-controlled councils.

That is when politics will experience a seismic shake-up.

» Get City Press newspaper today for Mondli Makhanya's full analysis.

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