Analysis: Challenges facing opposition parties in South Africa

Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of focus on the African National Congress (ANC) as factional battles continue to grow within the ruling party.

Talk At Nine host, Karima Brown, unpacks the state of party politics with political analyst, Ebrahim Fakir, and consultant at Left Hook, Vukani Mde.

What would the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) look like without its leader Julius Malema?

They are a viable political entity as structural formation, but whether they have the deep penetration into society's grassroots is the problem.

Ebrahim Fakir, political analyst

They have started better institutionalising who they are. But the figure head is Julius Malema.

Ebrahim Fakir, political analyst

Secondly, whether their organisational establishment can actually transfer into capturing political power and influence, is also a different question.

Ebrahim Fakir, political analyst

They are highly influential in the way in which they can set terms of the discourse.

Ebrahim Fakir, political analyst

What are the challenges facing South Africa's official opposition, Democratic Alliance (DA)?

The main challenge for Mmusi Maimane, apart from growing the DA, is a challenge of redefining whether or not the DA can be a part of classical liberalism in an African context defined by inequalities.

Vukani Mde, consultant at Left Hook

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