The recent 4th democratic national elections since the demise of the illegal brutal apartheid system, I believe proves that ordinary persons on the street of south Africa still believe in the ANC’s ability to represent and deliver services to them
These results prove that the majority of the people here in South Africa can see and appreciate the massive gains that South Africa has achieved over the past 20 years of democracy in our country, gains largely brought of course by the African National Congress working together with citizens.
Even though the ANC remains the most popular political party in the South African political discourse, it is important to note that other political parties are also making tremendous strides moving forward. The Democratic Alliance is one party which has been able to grow tremendously, at times even exceeding both the ruling party’s and its own expectations.
It is important to note however that it is finding it difficult to easily tap into both the black middle class and the rural poor people’s vote as black people are still very much sceptical about the party’s identity, The DA is rightly viewed as a predominantly white party and it has not done very well in dispelling that because its election candidates lists speaks millions of words proving these predominant perception among black people to be correct, thus justifying scepticism that exists.
The fear that if ever the DA were to rule in South Africa, it will bring back the much hated and feared apartheid system, although not justified and I believe not justifiable, it is a fear that that south Africans have nonetheless and should be a cause for concern and ring alarm bells within the DA circles.
The EFF on the other hand, which is a kid in the South African political discourse, founded on anger, a party which its identity is based on its grandiose hefty far-leftist rhetoric, sloganeering, promises that can be reduced to mere lies. This organisation which is barely a year old has been able to attain the votes of mainly young black south Africans, it has largely appealed to some of them, thereby eating away some but not mostly ANC youth votes, it has also eaten votes that could have potentially went to the now-dead and buried COPE and many of these other smaller political parties which continually fail to convince the south African population with their policies, to vote for them.
The EFF stands no chance of governing the republic any time soon as Julius Malema has continuously said that they are a government in waiting.
The people of south Africa recognise that that there are of course some troubles within the African national congress as an organisation on its own and of course as a party in government serving the entire population of the republic, but recognition of the existence of such problems has not eroded reality, and reality is that south Africa has come a long way, the lives of the previously disadvantaged people, mostly black people have tremendously transformed for the better.
The ANC needs to do more to inform the people of the republic about the good story of th country and of course deliver services in a very satisfactory manner it is cement its hold and good perception among south Africans to continue governing south Africa for the next years to come, for, if that is not done, the continues decline in the majority of votes that it has long received from the population of south Africa, will continue.
Siphokuhle dludla is a Citizen