2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

Last chance for ANC, EFF to woo voters

South Africans will head to the polls on Wednesday.

Political parties are outlining their political strategies to get voters to support them.

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Eusebius McKaiser gives the African National Congress (ANC) communications member Fasiha Hassan and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Gauteng provincial chairperson Mandisa Mashego a final chance to woo voters before 8 May.

McKaiser kicked off the conversation by asking whether accountability will be enhanced if the ANC is not given an outright majority win?

We recognise that in any democratic state there is a benefit of opposition, strong media and all those structures play an important role in our democracy.

Fasiha Hassan, Communications member - ANC

I don't think that receiving 60% majority means that we are not exercising our democratic vote or that, in terms of these systems, we can't function.

Fasiha Hassan, Communications member - ANC

She says South Africa's democracy is still very young and needs to be given time to mature.

If we look at South Africa as democracy versus other democracies in Africa, we still give them a run for their money because of the kind of structures that we have.

Fasiha Hassan, Communications member - ANC

When you have a progressive society that holds political leaders accountable democracy works, she says.

Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation author Rekgotsofetse Chikane disagrees with Hassan, saying if you have a Parliament that has more than 60% majority, you gain control over state institutions.

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So you decide who will become Constitutional Court judge, you decide who will be a panellist in the JSE; so there is a fear that if you have over 60% over and over again, you might become complacent and arrogant.

Rekgotsofetse Chikane, Author - Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation

Mashego says there seems to be a need by different polls to make the EFF appear that it is growing slowly nationally. She agrees with that. However, the most important thing is that the country is in a state of collapse.

We are here to protect our children, to protect our children's children and the ANC has collapsed the country, not just from a governance point of view, a corruption point of view but from a morality point of view.

Mandisa Mashego, Gauteng provincial chairperson - EFF

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