ANC Counseled To Prepare For Major Loss In Support


A non-profit business rights watchdog has advised the ruling party to prepare for major loss in support. It says ANC voters are likely to abandon the party at pools.

According to AfriBusiness, South Africa might be facing its own ‘Brexit’ in the coming elections. ANC voters will be turning their backs on the ruling party to support other more promising political parties.

AfriBusiness’ Law and Policy Analyst, Armand Greyling said ANC should prepare themselves for a major loss in support.

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Among other things, Greyling indicated that the poor economic growth the country faces, and StatsSA’s quarterly employment statistics (QES), which indicate a decrease in job opportunities, will negatively affect ANC’s performance.

“Other reasons include the controversy surrounding President Zuma. The R7,8 million that he has to pay for upgrades to his Nkandla homestead. As well as the recent judgment that saw the revival of 783 corruption charges reinstated against him.

The ANC is showing its cracks. And, as these cracks expand, voters start to notice and will voice their discontent at the polls,” Greyling analogized.

“Although the ANC may not be completely defeated in this election, AfriBusiness is of the opinion that certain municipal districts will be taken over by opposition parties, indicating a true ‘Brexit-effect’.

In others we will only see the ANC retain control, but with a much weaker grip,” Greyling added.

AfriBusiness is a non-profit business rights watchdog that was established in 2011. As learnt, the essence was to appeal to the Afrikaans community in the business world. To take part in the public debate and act as spokesperson for the Afrikaans business community.

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AfriBusiness says the Afrikaans business community in SA is facing series of diverse political, social and economic policies.

“The situation does not mean that the business people are at the mercy of policy makers. Successes from the organised civil society show that organised communities can and must play an active, changing role…,” it stated.