- Mzansi shared their thoughts on the EFF and ANC's manifesto
- South Africans expressed anger at the ANC's abuse of power but showed faith in Cyril Ramaphosa's governance
- South Africans appreciated Julius Malema's blunt honesty, but lacked confidence in the party's ability to govern
Political news has been on fire this year, with national elecctions only months away. In true democratic spirit, South Africans have been buzzing about the hopes and dreams being promised by the contending political parties.
The ruling party had a tumultous year last year, thanks to former president, Jacob Zuma’s antics, which has spilled into 2019. Investigations into allegations of state capture are still underway, leading South Africans to question what the future promises for the once formidable party.
On the other hand, Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters have been as loud as ever, calling ANC members “constitutional delinquents” and calling all parties, including the DA, to order, Briefly.co.za found.
Mzansi took to social media to share their thoughs about the EFF and ANC’s manifesto launches
African Nation Congress (ANC)
Perhaps wary that the party is losing the youth of the country, the ANC has promised young people better internet access so that they can develop their skills, giving them hope in the battle against unemployment.
Addressing the state-capture saga, President Cyril Ramaphosa has told South Africans not to fear the dirt that comes out during the investigations, as “the truth will set you free”. Ramaphosa’s move to reassure Mzansi that the ANC’s days of shady dealings and underhanded plays are over.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)
The EFF’s most predominant stance is the land issue, advocating that the state will control the land. The party also promises to grow the economy by six percent in the first years of its rule.
Perhaps trying to win favour with the older demographics who maintain hope that the ANC will overcome its period of misgovernance, the EFF promised to increase grants for pensioners.
Like the DA, the sharpest edge the EFF has in its favour, is not being the ANC, which doesn’t bode well for hopes of critical change.
Pediatrics vs Geriatrics
All in all, South Africans on social media tend to agree that there is still no party that inspires hope for critical transformation to the long list of social issues that we are currently facing.
Although the scandals of the ANC’s state capture have shocked the country, it also brings hope that the party is cleaning up its act.
Young people tend to favour the EFF, which ironically reduces South Africa's faith in the party, as details about are rarely discussed beyond the populist outcries of its charismatic leader.
While Mzansi is wary of the ANC’s corruption and mismanagement, it is still largely preferred to the EFF. Social media users claim the ANC is the lesser evil.
Although South AAfricans seemed caught etween the two parties, many users were absolutely certain that the DA was out of the question.
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!