The African National Congress (ANC) lost three key metros during the local government elections in 2016, for the first time since the dawn of South Africa’s democracy. Pundits argue that the party would have done even worse in the last general elections had it not been for the implosion of the Inkatha Freedom Party(IFP) in KZN.
Coming from its biggest losses yet, what can the ruling party do to retain power in the next elections.
Speaking with Eusebius McKaiser, political analyst and 702 host Karima Brown said the party is aware that it comes from a declining base and the upcoming election will be the toughest one that it has to contest. But Brown says even though the ANC is weak, it has an even weaker opposition.
She reiterated that the party is dealing with a lot of internal problems. It needs to get its ground structures right to be able to do what it has historically done, she says.
Their problem isn't the data, their problem is that their political strategy is hamstrung by the fact that they have had to defend the indefensible for a long time.— Karima Brown, Political Analyst
What they need is a message that can encapsulate the fact that the getting rid of Jacob Zuma isn't just as a consequence of civil society and opposition parties, its actually a sizable faction of the African National Congress that wants to return the organisation to its constitutional roots, being a home run for all and its historical mission.— Karima Brown, Political Analyst
She said the trick is, if voters ask any of the opposition parties to put a Cabinet together tomorrow, it will be difficult. We have a weak political class, she adds, and the ANC's problem lies with itself and it needs to self-correct and re-position itself.
To hear the rest of what the ANC can do to regain power, listen to the audio below: