Pro-Cyril Ramaphosa ANC members in Durban. (File, The Witness)
PRESIDENT: Cyril Ramaphosa
OTHER SIGNIFICANT FIGURES: David Mabuza, Gwede Mantashe, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Fikile Mbalula, Lindiwe Sisulu, Zweli Mkhize
PREVIOUS ELECTION RESULTS: The ANC won 62.15% of the votes in the 2014 national election and 249 seats in the National Assembly.
WHAT'S ON OFFER:
Radical economic transformation – in attempting to spark a sluggish economy, the ANC has prioritised the increase of local and foreign investment by R1.2 trillion over the next four years, promising to build infrastructure and focus on digital innovation needed to support this. Meanwhile, the big question of land will be dealt with through a Sustainable Land Reform Programme, which will expand participation and ownership of land.
A New Dawn – Ramaphosa’s slogan is said to embody the creation of a non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa. It promises to create an illiteracy-free South Africa, improve the NSFAS programme, and create more skilled professionals.
Social security – while millions of South Africans are unemployed and unable to work, the country’s health system needs a serious revival and the ANC is working towards a National Health Insurance to create quality, free access to healthcare.
The fight against corruption – the party has become synonymous with corruption, but it is intent on ridding itself of this stigma. Ramaphosa has set up various commissions of inquiry into corrupt activities, creating a preventative and punitive approach to fighting corruption that improves accountability.
Let’s Grow South Africa – the ANC has pledged to create an additional 275 000 jobs each year, through boosting local demand for goods and investing in sectors such as mining, manufacturing and agriculture. The party has also, for the first time, introduced a National Minimum Wage which it says will improve the lives of six million people who are paid below R20 an hour.
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GOING INTO ELECTIONS:
- The very same ANC that once secured almost 70% of the vote in 2009, has spent a decade watching itself lose favour with South Africans. This was illustrated in its reduced majority in 2014 and its dismal showing in the 2016 local government elections, which saw the party lose control of two Gauteng metros – Johannesburg and Tshwane.
- The integrity of ANC leaders has been brought into question, leading to an outcry over some names on the party’s top six list. Many of its members are mentioned in testimonies at the commission of inquiry into state capture.
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