OPINION| South Africa’s upcoming elections

There are  three major parties contesting the 2019 South African national elections, the ruling party the African National Congress (ANC), the official opposition the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the third most popular party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

South Africa is undergoing a harsh economic period with a technical recession, high fuel prices and low job growth. The ANC under the leadership of South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has made strives to alleviate these pressure by holding a successful investment conferences, campaigning for international investment and obtaining loans from China and the New Development bank.

Even though the ANC is inspiring business confidence, average South African citizens are worried about inflation and employment prospects from themselves and their family and whether this new business confidence will translate.

The DA leader, Mmusi Maimane has put job creation education and accountable government as their key campaign pledges.The Democratic Alliance as also promised to maximize on service delivery.  The DA problem now may lie in South African president Cyril Ramaphosa who brought a new euphoria to the ruling party. Previously the DA gained voters due to ANC corruption scandals, now the DA will have to prove substantially to the electret that they can do better than the ANC.   

The EFF has been gaining ground in the university institutions banking on the youth vote to gain in the poll numbers, as well as put land reform at the forefront of their campaign strategy. The EFF is hoping to shake up the status quo regarding land and land ownership.

The next elections may come down to which political party is most likely to deliver on jobs or which party the people believe can deliver. Key on people’s mind is the unemployment rate and  the standard of living for the average citizen.

 

By Mokgethi Mtezuka

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