Ebrahim Harvey | A 'weak and vulnerable' ANC limps towards the municipal elections

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ANC supporters during the launch of the party's election manifesto at Church Square on 27 September, 2021 in Pretoria ahead of the municipal elections on 1 November. (Photo by Gallo Images/Beeld/Deaan Vivier)
ANC supporters during the launch of the party's election manifesto at Church Square on 27 September, 2021 in Pretoria ahead of the municipal elections on 1 November. (Photo by Gallo Images/Beeld/Deaan Vivier)

It is an undeniable fact that right now, in the face of the oncoming elections, the ANC is in its weakest and most vulnerable state in many critical respects since the 1994 democratic elections and that its heyday is long gone, writes Ebrahim Harvey.

Four years ago, in September 2017, former president Kgalema Motlanthe, told the BBC's HardTalk, that if the ANC no longer addressed the needs and concerns of people we might as well begin to write its obituary. He also said that its continued decline, amid evidence of growing corruption and incompetence in its governance, depends on "how the ANC positions itself, how it renews itself and understands that it exists for the sole purpose of addressing the needs and concerns of the people."

Well, the indisputable and palpable truth is that since that interview in 2017 things in the ruling ANC have become much worse than it was then.

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