Sparks warns on wounded ANC

2013-11-06 00:00

POLITICAL commentator Allister Sparks believes the ANC will fall below a 60% majority come next year’s election.

Sparks said the public disillusionment with the party and the formation of Agang, and the Economic Freedom Fighters will eat away at the ANC majority.

Addressing an audience at Howick High School yesterday, Sparks stopped just short of saying next year’s election would be the beginning of the end of ANC rule.

He said the DA was likely to increase its percentage, along with Agang and the EFF.

He said although many people had written EFF leader Julius Malema off, they failed to realise that he was speaking to a special audience, “that is not thinking or well educated … This is the audience that feels it has been abused and cheated and sees no future in the country and he is just telling them that these are the people to blame, President [Jacob] Zuma — your province’s gift to the nation — and whites; let’s go get them.”

Sparks was critical of the ANC, saying it had moved from a principled organisation to a vehicle for personal enrichment. “Being a member of the ANC used to be a crime … but now it’s about jobs.”

He said next year’s election will begin a critical point in our democracy that will continue in the 2019 elections. “The most dangerous moment in the African country is not the liberation, but when the liberation party faces the possibility of defeat at the polls … we are reaching that critical moment”.

ANC spokesperson in KZN, Senzo Mkhize, dismissed Sparks’s comments, saying the party will be heading for a 70% majority in next year’s elections.

Mkhize said many people who joined the ANC were there to serve their communities. He dismissed Sparks’s comments as the “ranting” of a political commentator in an election year.

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