Analysis  >  Friday Briefing: The final days of the campaign

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The squeeze is on and the time is now

One of the more anticipated elections in recent memory is upon is. In a little more than four days South Africans will pronounce on the government the ANC formed five years ago under former president Jacob Zuma. It has been a tumultuous five years, pockmarked by tales of grand corruption and state capture, perpetrated by those the electorate put in power.

We've had to live through Nkandla, the Guptas, Zuma, the destruction of state institutions, the dismantling of SARS, the NPA and the police, a weakened economy and a repetition of lies. We're in the final stretch ahead of election day – known as the "squeeze", when the main political parties try to eke out the last drop of support they can get. In this week's edition of News24's Friday Briefing analyst Mpumelelo Mkhabela looks at what should sway next week's plebiscite, News24's senior political reporter Tshidi Madia explains what she is going to look out for and I attempt to deconstruct the big three parties' campaigns. 

Go and vote!

Pieter du Toit 

Assistant Editor: In-Depth News

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The squeeze: Inside the rush for votes

Pieter du Toit

The Gauteng provincial election is going to be close. Very close. Although there's no doubt that the ANC will be the largest party in Gauteng, the key question is just whether the party will reach 50%. The ANC weakened severely over the last three elections and the EFF and DA are picking up support. This is the critical trend to watch on May 8.


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Ramaphosa in for a rough ride to the polls and beyond

Mpumelelo Mkhabela

If you are looking for a case study of a leader who had to hit the rough ground running ahead of a rough election and is facing a rough post-election period, President Cyril Ramaphosa would be an excellent choice. His ascension to power gave the country a reprieve. Ramaphoria proved too brief because it was more about what South Africa averted than what the ANC conference delivered.


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Confessions of a 'floating voter'

Tshidi Madia

I think I have the support of many South Africans when I say, I am confused. I cannot relate to anyone in the political sphere at the moment and this is where many South Africans stand too. While this could mean that the ANC will do well on a national scale, coming out of elections with the majority vote, the problem lies in that there is not one ANC, there are many ANCs within one.


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Will women's representation ever be more than a numbers game? Consider this when voting

Eleanor du Plooy

In order for greater representation to translate to substantive change, it is crucial that we move beyond a representative democracy which focuses on the number of women only.


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Instead of not voting on May 8, park your vote somewhere safe

Ralph Mathekga

It is disturbing to hear that South Africans don't have hope because all political parties are the same. This statement is a fallacy when uttered by those who have not tried voting for other political parties.



Keep an eye on your pensions

Ferial Haffajee

Soothed by President Cyril Ramaphosa and the sensible economics team around him, the markets and the wider public have discounted the ANC's promise of prescribed asset legislation in its election manifesto. 


Can we really return to 'normal' after the elections?

Redi Tlhabi

The election noise has been deafening and, it cannot end soon enough. It will die down and life will have to return to normal. But what is normal? And do we really want to go back.


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What the election polls are really telling us

Melanie Verwoerd

In just over a week from now, we will know which polls were correct about the election outcome. Whatever the support for the different parties will be, politicians will have to shape up.


IEC voting station

Unsure who to vote for? These are your options

Max du Preez

South Africa's political parties have not been serving our democracy very well. But the three bigger parties will be forced to confront their divisions after the election.


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Election make or break for IFP, UDM, FF+, Cope and ACDP

Adriaan Basson

Julius Malema is deeply aware of the systemic fault lines that prevents equality. He exploits these themes for political support and uses populist rhetoric to attract voters.


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The 5 townships that could tip Gauteng

Dawie Scholtz

Although there's no doubt that the ANC will be the largest party in Gauteng, the key question is just whether the party will reach 50%.




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