2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

'2019 elections could be the most highly contested since 1994'

With the election year gearing up and electioneering by political parties already in play, political editor at Business Day, Natasha Marrian looks at the year ahead.

READ:285 political parties have registered for 2019 elections - IEC

She says these elections will be the most highly contested since 1994.

We have seen since 2009, a consistent decline in the African National Congress (ANC) electoral performance. We then saw a massive decline in 2016 with a 56% national total coming out of that election and the loss of three metros.

Natasha Marrian, Political Editor at Business Day

She adds that these elections will show whether the ANC will drop below that 56% mark making these elections very significant.

Marrian believes that politicians are not serious about land reform.

We are a quarter of a century into democracy and not much has been done and yet we have provisions in our legislation to effect some kind of land reform. It is all going to depend on how Ramaphosa's administration after elections goes ahead and implements the promises that he has made.

Natasha Marrian, Political Editor at Business Day

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