Daniel Silke | SA Opposition allows ANC in by back door

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At the heart of the inability of the Opposition to make inroads is the continued malaise in which the DA finds itself, writes the author.
At the heart of the inability of the Opposition to make inroads is the continued malaise in which the DA finds itself, writes the author.
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The real narrative in a country like South Africa should be whether the political culture and climate can move away from the post-liberation dominance of the ANC and provide a fertile ground for opposition to undertake the corrective action needed, writes Daniel Silke.

As South Africa celebrates its 27th year of political freedom, one key feature of a real democracy – that of a competitive election where the possible defeat of the governing party by its opposition – has yet to occur.   

In fact, except for the 2016 election in which the ANC did suffer a significant erosion of support leading to opposition victories in major metros (amid the worst of the Jacob Zuma era), the threat of a national defeat for the ANC at the polls remains relatively remote.  

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