There were some lessons for the ANC, following its defeat at Parliament when it failed to get the necessary parliamentary support to pass the constitutional amendment on land reform. Smaller parties have shown the governing party that it needs to take them into consideration, writes Ralph Mathekga.
The ANC's failure to get the necessary parliamentary support to pass the constitutional amendment on land reform marked the end of a bleak year for the party. Having earlier relied on the support of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to pass the parliamentary motion to amend the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation, the ANC found itself isolated from opposition parties, suffering a humiliating defeat on the bill that was meant to anchor the party's renewed focus on land reform. After things went south for the ANC regarding the constitutional amendment, the party cried foul and accused opposition parties of ganging up against the ANC.
Shocked at defeat