Analysis  >  Friday Briefing: Is the ANC bulletproof?
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Two months out

Election season is officially here and the stakes are high. With exactly two months to go to the national and provincial elections, political parties are ramping up their campaigns, using every possible opportunity to get their message out. Most still have a lot of work to do to convince voters to draw their X's next to their names.

The lastest polls show that the ANC is losing support, dropping to 54,7% of the vote nationally from over 62% in 2014. This, while the DA's support is predicted to stay stable and the EFF's support will likely go up nationally.

But while the predicted shifts in voter behaviour will have many nuanced implications, it seems unlikely that the status quo will change after the elections. Despite the fact that the ruling party has had one of its toughest years yet due to the exposure of its central role in the wholesale corruption of the state, it will remain the majority party according to the polls.

In this week's edition of Friday Briefing assistant editor for in-depth news Pieter du Toit considers how the ANC is able to retain its majority support. News24 columnist Mpumelelo Mkhabela suggests a way for the ANC and government to regain its credibility and media expert William Bird looks at ways fake news and disinformation can be fought ahead of the election.

Let us know what you think,

Alet Janse van Rensburg

Opinions Editor

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The ANC has been the dominant political party since 1994, scoring overwhelming victories in every general election since the advent of democracy. It has been plagued by corruption and scandal over the last decade – but is the edifice cracking, or will it hold once more?


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How government can get its credibility back

Mpumelelo Mkhabela

Real-time transparency in everything government does in the procurement of services and goods can go a long way in solving corruption and state capture. Citizens, including the deputy president of the republic must not be put in a position where they don't know how state-owned enterprises procure goods and services and who are the suppliers. Everyone must know. 


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Fighting fake news and disinformation ahead of the election

William Bird

One of the core challenges surrounding disinformation is that it is increasingly difficult to distinguish between what is credible and what is not. Without the necessary skills and techniques to distinguish real information from rubbish information, the likelihood of members of the public being duped is even greater. 




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