In a highly anticipated election, South Africans vote today. The contenders are the ruling ANC which is currently led by Cyril Ramaphosa, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) led by Julius Malema, the Democratic Alliance (DA) led by Mmusi Maime and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) led by Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
With voter anger over corruption, an ailing economy and issues of land reform, the ANC which led the fight against apartheid and has governed the country since 1994 faces strong test.
We asked our discussion networks on who is going to win the election. Here are some of the responses we got:
Time is up for ANC
“Mandela was merely a figure for democracy. He even said if ANC fails us we should abandon it. Corrupt government. Loyalty doesn’t solidify power..”
“So would we rather be under a corrupt government under the assumption that state resources can’t be managed effectively….”
“As for me Malema is right candidate in this elections and parliament ifself.”
” I love the Eff, I hope they end up being the official opposition and taking out the DA.”
EFF will not win
“The political landscape in South Africa is such that people don’t trust any change that is drastic. Malema wants a 360 change which includes ownership of mines by the state, land reform which is drastic instead of incremental change. Furthermore, the majority of our people are loyal to ANC because of 1994 and endorsements from remarkable leaders like Thabo Mbeki.”
“Malema will destroy that country and Nelson Mandela’s vision. ”
“Malema may take South Africa down the path of Zimbabwe.”
“Nahhh…under Malema, South Africa is finished!”
Elections alone will not fix South Africa
“…It takes more than just votes to run a country… diplomatic connections are involved. The diplomatic connections to Britain, India, Germany/Netherlands etc.”
“Government is a rather slow machinery and it takes time to correct several things that have gone wrong in the past”
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Best of Africa.
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