Elections 2014: After the dust settles

2014-05-11 14:00

Zareef Minty : Elections 2014 After the dust settles

Wow! The last few months have been nothing less than crazy with all the campaigning, interviews and coordinating. May 7th has now come and gone, the results have come through and surprisingly the 2 superpowers of South African politics can really celebrate including the new kid on the block the EFF.

The ruling party, the ANC have done it; they have secured a 62.15% victory winning 249 seats in the National Assembly. One of their challenges from 2009 was how would they include youth development and youth involvement in this election knowing that young people are playing such a huge role in where the votes would go, they really did exceed expectations here. Among their support base was numerous influential and successful music artists and celebrities, oh boy did they use it to their advantage. DJ Sbu was their living PR manager, advertising and linking everything and anything to a vote for the ANC. The future leadership of Cyril looks very good and I can only see them getting stronger come 2016 and then 2019.

The DA have put themselves in a great position come 2016 and 2019 with all their hard work in Gauteng, I guess the leadership of a rather out of the blue Mmusi Maimane did Helen well in their hunt for Gauteng, even though they failed at winning the province they have definitely become more prominent. The DA are stringing in the changes already with Lindiwe Mazibuko stepping down as parliamentary candidate, saying she will be off to Harvard University in the US. I really don’t believe it was a purely academic decision, I actually believe the fall out in November last year with Helen Zille was one of the reasons that lead to this decision, Mmusi took her spotlight and she hardly featured in their posters and marketing also the fact that Lindiwe might not agree with the direction in which the party is going towards and she wanted out. I also see the DA having to watch their Western Cape throne come 2019. The ANC and many other parties will definitely be pulling away votes from the DA in that province.

The EFF did a “COPE” and made a huge mark as a party outside the superpowers under the leadership of Julius and Dali. Winning 6.35% of South Africa for a party that was just formed under a year ago is very impressive. Congratulations to them, even though I don’t agree with their policies, they clearly prove that a huge chunk of South African citizens will vote for a party that is extremely radical and criticizes every other party. Political analysts anticipate that the EFF will strive in the next national elections come 2019 because they have the privilege of criticizing and holding the parties that run the majority of South Africa like the ANC and DA accountable even if they put just one foot wrong, but this time with over 20 seats in the National Assembly and with not much responsibility really set on themselves. It is practically like a free pass to grow on the mistakes of the more powerful political parties.

Agang has underperformed with Mamphela Ramphele receiving just 2 seats in the National Assembly, there are a few raised eyebrows with the mention of Forensic Investigator Paul O Sullivan being included in the Agang parliamentary list and now hearing that Mr O Sullivan and Agang have parted ways shows the rather peculiar nature of that relationship between Paul and Mamphela and Paul and Agang.

These elections have been nothing less than controversial and I expect 2019 to get even more interesting. The African National Congress we congratulate you and we wish that you grow our beautiful country from strength to strength.

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