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.

READ: Hooligans or master strategists: The impact of the EFF on SA politics

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.

ALSO READ: Debate: Democratic Alliance and its search for identity

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

Click below to listen to the full debate…


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
SA must be alarmed by 'recapture of SABC' for political purposes - activist

SA must be alarmed by 'recapture of SABC' for political purposes - activist

Broadcasting union Bemawu says the portfolio committee on communications has failed in its oversight role at the corporation.

ANCWL stance on Pule Mabe differs from reaction to Mduduzi Manana say callers

ANCWL stance on Pule Mabe differs from reaction to Mduduzi Manana say callers

Callers on the Eusebius McKaiser Show debate Pule Mabe's sexual harassment allegations.

Should we sweep old, offensive tweets under the rug? Or demand accountability?

Should we sweep old, offensive tweets under the rug? Or demand accountability?

Should society hold a person accountable for their previously held views or old tweets? Pundits debate the Kevin Hart controversy.

EFF won't be deterred by "cartoonists posing as soldiers" #NationalDayofAction

EFF won't be deterred by "cartoonists posing as soldiers" #NationalDayofAction

EFF's national chairperson, Dali Mpofu says the parties are simply acting on what's making South African's unhappy.

Opposition parties request postponement for motion of no confidence

Opposition parties request postponement for motion of no confidence

ConCourt granted UDM access to argue why MPs should vote by secret ballot and allowed parties involved to file opposing papers.

Hooligans or master strategists: The impact of the EFF on SA politics

Hooligans or master strategists: The impact of the EFF on SA politics

Has the EFF taken the role of leftist vanguard from the ANC? An insightful debate on The Eusebius McKaiser Show.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Internet search for talented singer Nosipho is over...she's been found!

[WATCH] Internet search for talented singer Nosipho is over...she's been found!

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

How RMB went from 'too poor to buy a photocopier' to the largest bank in SA

How RMB went from 'too poor to buy a photocopier' to the largest bank in SA

Bruce Whitfield sat down with GT Ferreira, Laurie Dippenaar and Paul Harris, the inspirational founders of Rand Merchant Bank.

10 advertisements that broke the internet in 2018

10 advertisements that broke the internet in 2018

Some were good, some were great, many were just plain awful. They all went viral.

Mabe faces ANC grievance panel over sexual harassment allegations on Wednesday

Mabe faces ANC grievance panel over sexual harassment allegations on Wednesday

EWN's Clement Manyathela says Pule Mabe is facing a grievance panel to answer to sexual harassment allegations against him.

Popular shoe brand Vans ask Ackermans to remove "knock-offs" from shelves

Popular shoe brand Vans ask Ackermans to remove "knock-offs" from shelves

Vans' brand manager says although this is a recurring problem its main concern is that this particular "fake" is a very close copy.

 'Having a senior official call Lindiwe Sisulu a prostitute is undiplomatic'

'Having a senior official call Lindiwe Sisulu a prostitute is undiplomatic'

Mail & Guardian Africa editor Simon Allison says its undiplomatic for a Rwandan official to call Sisulu names.

[Watch the latest adverts] Do you agree? Chicken Licken is the boss of Nando’s!

[Watch the latest adverts] Do you agree? Chicken Licken is the boss of Nando’s!

Chicken Licken’s latest ad flame-grills the most recent one by Nando’s, says Nicholas Kühne of Wunderbrand.

'Evidence is solid. Poor people’s money was used illegally. Shivambu benefitted'

'Evidence is solid. Poor people’s money was used illegally. Shivambu benefitted'

Ray White interviews Pauli van Wyk, an investigative journalist with Scorpio at Daily Maverick.