ANC vs EFF vs DA

2013-11-05 16:50

The 2014 general elections are fast approaching and many South Africans are left wondering how this will turn out come E-Day. We will have a look at some of the key areas of interest in this titanic battle of the political heavy weights (Not sure whether to class the EFF as a political heavy weight), as well as what the pros and cons might be in the different scenario. The biggest question will also be looked at. This being whether or not South African as a country will benefit from the whole saga.

The DA has in the previous elections shown great deals of growth in terms of voters rallying behind them. The introduction of the EFF might get many people asking whether or not they will lose their share of the votes. The chance of this happening is not extremely high and quite good news for the DA as there will be many new voters who might have made up their minds as to who they are voting. There could still be growth for the DA. I do not see the DA voters jumping ship at the moment. With the country’s President making the comments that he has been making lately, the likelihood of DA supporters becoming ANC supporters has all but gone.

Chances are that the EFF will get seats in parliament, but I do not see them winning the elections. Many South Africans are still emotionally attached to the ANC and see no other alternative to the ruling party. I personally think that theoretically speaking the plans the EFF are looking at are great but we need to also consider the practical side of things. We look at the situation in Zimbabwe and we can immediately see that maybe the communism route is not currently the best solution for a country that still needs to fix a lot of problems which usually stem from maladministration. Should the country move towards communism, what is most likely to happen, is that majority of our skilled professionals might seek employment elsewhere.

The capitalist lifestyle in South Africa is one that is embraced in a country with severe poverty. We already have a shortage of skilled professionals and we cannot afford lose more of them. Another aspect to consider would be losing the investments that South Africa currently has. Although on the plus side, we could see ourselves benefiting financially from keeping the wealth from our mines should we decide to nationalise the mines. We could also look to fund students who finish matric and make sure that they get to a university.

Although that sounds good on paper, the levels of corruption in South Africa have made it a very unattractive solution to the country’s problems.

Now with the EFF’s growing popularity, the DA’s sustained growth, and the ANC’s declining support, one feels like the fight for the hot-seat might get brutal. So, does South Africa benefit from the “Party Wars”? The answer to that is yes. When we look back to when mobile networks were introduced to the South African market, we saw how one company can absolutely control the market by making people to receive calls and the only airtime available would start at round about R50. The mobile network industry then saw the introduction of new rivals in the market and then it became the battle to see which network offers the best service to its customers.

This could be seen happening in South Africa. The opposition is now stronger and this might be the catalyst we have been looking for to improve the administration of the country. Service delivery might become a way where politicians can try and secure votes to stay in power. This way the country will benefit from having more than just the DA to hold the accountable. The ruling party will be scared of the decline and this might push them to action.

The most likely outcome for these elections will be an overall win for the ANC with the current president holding on for a second term. Although that may be the case, the most interesting results will be how many seats the opposition parties get in parliament. These are exciting times for South African politics and this makes me proud to be a South African.

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