Liberation movements only have 25 year lifespan before brand runs out - Fikeni

Opposition parties have committed themselves to take joint action calling for Jacob Zuma to resign as president.

But can better cooperation between these parties eventually bring the African National Congress to its knees?

With the legal costs associated with actions taken against the ANC currently, analyst Somadoda Fikeni says a diversity of opposition parties, despite their differences may hold some weight but can also unite the ruling party.

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At a time when the ANC is besieged, a clear indication of an opposition led agenda tends to weaken internal initiatives within the ANC as ANC pro-president supporters tend to rally around saying lets defend the party not the person per say. So it tends to unite those who are particularly in the middle ground and those who are strong supporters of the President …. So it’s a contradictory process.

Somadoda Fikeni , political analyst

If for example, opposition parties...look at instances where the President had either contradicted himself in public statements or what he said in Parliament, which can be seen as perjury, it would force Parliament to go through the [impeachment] process.

Somadoda Fikeni , political analyst

He says civil society groups, opposition parties and those within the ANC should continue to do their bit.

Noting the extreme differences in the mandate of each party, Prince Mashele elaborates further on the difficulties of forming a coalition.

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The ANC has projected itself as a representative of broader society, when it goes off the rails, opposition parties come at this from different stand points.

Prince Mashele, Political Analyst

The EFF for example would come at this as a radical socialist party, the DA as a liberal party…

Prince Mashele, Political Analyst

If they were to say let’s merge and become one, it would be very difficult for them to express what they represent …

Prince Mashele, Political Analyst

Prof Fikeni notes that liberation movements the word over only tend to have 20-25 years grace where they can leverage their struggle credentials. If the ANC does not turn things around, it will continue to lose support.

On average, liberation movements 20 to 25-year lifespans to use the liberation narrative, which runs out.

Somadoda Fikeni , political analyst

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