OPINION | South Africa’s 2019 elections

The South African National election next year will be contested by South Africa’s top 3 partied the African National Congress (ANC), which is the ruling parting and has been governing since 1994, the official opposition party the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF).

The ANC is expecting an easy win come the national election stated by the President of South Africa and President of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa. President Ramaphosa has also hinted at moving the day of the election to the end of May 2018 as reported by news24.com.

Ramaphosa sighted the returning ANC supporters as the leading reason for their potential victory. The ruling party will also be looking to push through land reform, highlight is free education policy, as well as navigate the technical economic recession with the introduction of a stimulus package.

For the DA, the party on Saturday launched its 2019 election campaign with the slogan “One South Africa for all” and they’ve promised to fighting corruption, crime, increasing jobs and service delivery. DA leader Mmusi Maimane also took the opportunity to reveal the core election team and the DA’s premier candidates.

The Economic Freedom Fighter’s agenda is specifically focused at land reform and is polarizing support around that issue.

 The decline of ANC supporter’s base due to the hardening economic conditions in South Africa (unemployment, drug abuse, crime, education and healthcare) has also as been a positive tool for the EFF in gaining popularity.

According to Thesouthafrican.com report on Institute of Race Relations (IRR) opposition party, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to double voter numbers in the upcoming elections.

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

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