T. HE ANC garnering over 62% of the vote in the 2011 local government election may seem baffling given the service-delivery protests, corruption scandals and ongoing reports of party infighting.
Even more of a conundrum is the ANC increasing its majority in the Msunduzi Municipality by winning two extra seats. This is a municipality that was not only driven into the ground by the ruling party, but which continued to be beset by servicedelivery problems right until election day.
A major reason is that poor communities back the party in power, because they believe that it has the resources to change their lives.
In Msunduzi, the ANC won five wards in the Vulindlela area from the IFP. One has only to drive through Vulindlela to see the vast changes and the money that has been pumped in there to improve conditions for the community.
Hope dies if expectations are not fed and this is a lesson the ANC seems to be following. Look at the large number of projects launched in the run-up to the election.
However, patronage can take one only so far, as resources are limited.
The real problems begin when raised expectations are not met. Will the new infrastructure in Vulindlela be allowed to fall into disrepair, as has happened in the rest of the city?