Experts say getting rid of Zuma might have saved election for ANC

Experts say getting rid of Zuma might have saved election for ANC

- This comes after a poll suggests the ANC's support might bounce back in the upcoming elections

- During the Zuma years, there was a surge in opposition support

- But now analysts say opposition parties have a tough task ahead of them

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Several experts have said that getting rid of Zuma last year might have helped the ANC regain lost support.

This comes after a poll suggested that the ruling party might bounce back to 60% of the vote in the upcoming elections, a major upswing from its record low of 54% in 2016. 

However, this means that opposition parties will need to change their campaign tactics. Political analyst Susan Booysen said if the infighting within the DA and EFF continues, it could cost them at the polls.

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She says these opposition parties have wasted time by taking shots at each other rather than focusing on the ANC government.

For example, Julius Malema recently announced that the EFF would no longer enter into coalitions with the DA. He said this is because the DA has repeatedly implied that his party is corrupt.

The two parties have already put an end to their coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay, and their coalitions in Tshwane and Johannesburg look similarly precarious.

Booysen said the parties' best hope would be to present a united front against the ANC, but this would be unlikely given their vastly different ideologies and the tensions between them.

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Booysen added that these conflicts between the parties essentially came down to policy differences, especially with regard to land expropriation without compensation.

This has been a hot button issue over the last several months and seems set to be a major bone of contention for the 2019 elections.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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