Many speculated that the EFF will take the spotlight of South Africa’s 2016 local government elections. With the election results flowing in however, EFF is no where near the spotlight.
In fact, it was insinuated on numerous occasions that the EFF will not only take DA’s place as the official opposition party. But also that they will pose a major threat to the ANC, political analysts agreed.
To a larger extent, most South Africans have already voted. And, it’d be frank to declare the Fighters’ performance at polls disappointing.
So far, the EFF is yet to take any Council, and have won just 56 seats. True, EFF is still a baby party. But in comparison to DA’s current 534 seats and ANC’s 1,697, you’d agree the party’s performance is much lesser than the popularity they engender across the nation.
ANC Trumping EFF In Limpopo
Even in Limpopo, often regarded as the home province of the EFF, the ANC is leading.
About 48% of the ballots have been counted, The ANC bagged 67% of the votes leaving the EFF far behind with just 16.85% of the votes. The DA follows with 9.98% of the vote.
With EFF’s “disappointing” performance, Senior ANC member Mzwanele Manyi reportedly made the Fighters’ national chairperson Dali Mpofu,
Reports have it that the ANC senior member asked Mpofu to remain in bed and gather more strength to face his party’s performance at polls.
“If I were you, I would continue sleeping. You need a lot of energy to face up to outcomes of your (election results),” Manyi told Mpofu.
In response, Mpofu said: “You will understand in a few years time what’s important in electoral politics…against state and capital power combo.”
Manyi replied saying: “These elections are about the control of municipalities and metros. If you control none, you can’t talk about victory.”
To that, Mpofu retorted: “You missed acquiring the necessary skills of extrapolating the future by simply analyzing present data and trends…”