- A new poll has indicated that the ruling party could receive 61 percent of the vote in the upcoming elections
- This a major improvement from the ANC's dip to 54 percent of the vote in 2016 Jacob Zuma
- Driving this swell in support is Ramaphosa's pro-business agenda and his controversial pledge to change the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation
A recent poll indicated that the ANC would win 61 percent of the vote in the upcoming elections, a major improvement from their slump to just 54 percent in 2016.
This swell in support has been attributed to Cyril Ramaphosa, whose moderate pro-business agenda has attracted many supporters. This is in contrast to former president Jacob Zuma, whose leadership saw the party receiving its lowest election results since 1994.
"ANC was on the brink of losing these elections and Ramaphosa came as a saviour," explained political analyst Xolani Dube.
While traveling the country on his Thuma Mina campaign, Ramaphosa has tried to project the image of a united ANC.
"We find ourselves at another key moment in our history," he told a crowed gathering to celebrate the party's 107 anniversay. "Where we are called upon to restore the movement."
Dube described such moves from Ramaphosa as his attempt to "deal with the ghost of Jacob Zuma that is roaming around ANC structures."
Some analysts have also suggested that a source of the ANC's renewed support has been Ramaphosa's stated commitment to land reform.
The president has vowed to amend the constitution in order to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation - a move which has won support from many poor South Africans but which has spooked markets and been met with skepticism from foreign investors.
The EFF has also campaigned on land reform, and it is predicted to be a central issue for the 2019 elections.
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