Vot­ers’ ver­dict awaited

Weekend Witness - - Opinion -

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

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