Voters’ verdict awaited
LIKE many South Africans worried about where the country would be in 10 years’ time under a corrupt ANC, I eagerly awaited the outcome of the local elections to see if there were any signs of a swing away from the ANC goliath. It reminded me of a time when, like the voteless masses, I waited to see if there was a change of heart in the white electorate. It was in vain: election after election the National Party was sent back with a resounding victory.
Likewise, the ANC was confident of sweeping success, even predicting it would take all metropolitan areas. On the other hand, a Markinor survey predicted that the ANC would lose five percent of its support. This would be good for the opposition, but bad for the ANC, especially President Jacob Zuma. Political analysts said that should the party lose votes, it would spell trouble with his rivals baying for his blood.
One would expect the opposition to make the best of the ruling party’s inability to deliver to the masses. There have been 27 violent service delivery protests this year alone and this could tell. But the ANC countered this by reassuring the masses that only it can deliver. I couldn’t wait to see if anger was converted into votes for the opposition; or whether the poor still have blind faith in the heavenly ANC.
T. MARKANDAN Silverglen, Chatsworth