DA wary of Ramphele

2013-02-12 22:28
Lindiwe Mazibuko (Picture: Die Burger)

Lindiwe Mazibuko (Picture: Die Burger)

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Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance is aiming to "hammer" the African National Congress at the 2014 polls, but is wary of what effect Mamphela Ramphele may have on the country's political landscape should she enter the fray, the Party's Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko told AFP on Tuesday.

Mazibuko predicted that the ANC would "win the election but they will take a hammering".

"It wouldn't surprise me if the ANC was pushed into the 50s in this election."

Amid impatience about the stagnating economy and a series of scandals surrounding President Jacob Zuma, the DA smells blood.

"It became clear to us that there's a vast number of South Africans who are utterly turned off by Jacob Zuma and I think the ANC must be picking up the same thing."

But the DA faces its own challenges.

Despite Mazibuko's high profile role, the party is seen as representing upper and middle class whites.

And as of next week the DA may face its own electoral stalking horse, in the form of Ramphele.

The former World Bank managing director and anti-apartheid activist is slated to make an announcement on her political future on Monday.

A new party has the potential to fragment non-ANC voters and draw those mulling a turn to the DA, but Ramphele may yet throw up opportunities for a broad-based coalition.

Mazibuko admits that has caused a haze to descend over the political landscape.

"It's very hard for me to predict now."

"If you'd asked me six months ago, I would have said with some certainty that we'd get between 25% and 30% but I don't know what the electoral landscape is going to look like," said Mazibuko.

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