While the EFF has excelled in this year's election, the party lost potential support due to their arrogant nature, according to Ralph Mathekga. The political analyst dubbed the party the 'masters of communication, the masters of exaggeration'.
The EFF managed to bag a spot as the main opposition in three provinces, enjoying a spike in support with just under 11% of the vote in last week's elections.
However, according to Ralph Mathekga, things could have been totally different for the 'new kid on the block'. The political analyst feels that the party overshot their expectations as far as their true support is concerned:
“It was the same thing in the 2014 election, when they projected themselves to [take a share of the vote] to the range of around 21%, and it was the same thing in 2016, with the local government election. They are the masters of communication, the masters of exaggeration.”
According to The Citizen, critics feel that the red berets' success had been overshadowed by their over-reaching expectations and outlandish boasting.
Nevertheless, EFF Gauteng chairperson, Madisa Mashego, pointed out that the party made impressive strides, especially in her province:
“The EFF believe we have done well in the last election, especially here in Gauteng, Limpopo, and also in North West. However, we were not able to get the targeted numbers; we actually grew in terms of proportion and where it matters most in terms of voters. We grew from 451,000 from Gauteng in 2014 to almost 700,000 individuals who voted for the EFF.”
André Duvenhage, another political analyst, felt that the party had triumphed in part thanks to racial support shifting from the ANC to the EFF, but that their inaccurate predictions hurt their end results:
“I know that to be true, as I have seen in Mmabatho in Mahikeng this weekend, and clearly they were disappointed with the 10% plus support base, because they believed they would reach 20% or even more in North West. They nevertheless performed exceptionally well. It is not easy to deliver 10% or more with so much polarisation in the electorate.”
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