'These elections weren't a battle of ideas but rather a battle of personalities'
South Africans took to the polls last Wednesday to vote in the national and provincial election.
The African National Congress (ANC) emerged victorious nationally, and the Democratic Alliance is the official opposition with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) taking the third position.
What do these results mean to ordinary South Africans?
To discuss the election outcome, 702's Eusebius McKaiser speaks to University of Pretoria political scientist, Professor Siphamandla Zondi.
Zondi says when looking at the voter turnout, certain assumptions need to be factored into the picture.
That enables us to either take in or take out the idea of comparison with global experiences. Voter participation generally can be driven by two dynamics, one is self-interest and the second consideration is one of legitimacy.Professor Siphamandla Zondi, Political scientist - University of Pretoria
People vote because they are committed to democracy, he says, and the two are mutually exclusive and both very important.
Then you find out that there is a third dimension in this discussion, which is a procedural one. I vote because voting is a beautiful thing to do, it is something I must do every five years.Professor Siphamandla Zondi, Political scientist - University of Pretoria
He believes that the problem is that we need to stimulate people to vote and make voting a cool thing to do, not only for the youth but for everyone.
Zondi weighs in on the question of political leaders' personalities versus their policy content.
The drama of politics has drawn us a lot more than the hard, boring stuff of the science of politics which is how the parties aim to ensure the distribution of resources and power. Secondly, there is very little that distinguishes the two.Professor Siphamandla Zondi, Political scientist - University of Pretoria
He says political parties say the things they believe citizens want to hear.
Therefore political personalities become essential as the performer in politics and that becomes important. These elections were not a battle of ideas but rather a struggle of personalities.Professor Siphamandla Zondi, Political scientist - University of Pretoria
In the ANC you had CR and in the DA, Maimane, who needed to do better than Tony Leon and Helen Zille.Professor Siphamandla Zondi, Political scientist - University of Pretoria
A severe challenge in terms of political strategy for the opposition is that it had a field day between 2009 and 2017, he adds. It was doing well because it used the fact that there was a leadership failure and it could pitch itself as a better alternative.
Then the ANC changed in Nasrec and flipped the script and says what the opposition was saying, and that made it very difficult for the opposition to come back from that.Professor Siphamandla Zondi, Political scientist - University of Pretoria
Listen below to the full interview:
Intellidex's Peter Attard Montalto says the president needs to follow through with all his promises.Read More
Post-election, national chairperson advocate Dali Mpofu evaluates the party's gains.Read More
Political analyst Nompumelelo Runji says these people have support from their constituencies.Read More
Eyewitness News reporter Ayanda Nyathi shares details on the process leading up to the first sitting of the National Assembly.Read More
Eyewitness News reporter Clement Manyathela shares details on the return of Kgosientso Ramokgopa and Parks Tau.Read More
Democratic Alliance says it will review its elections campaign and performance.Read More
BLSA chief operations officer Busisiwe Mavuso says Cyril Ramaphosa needs to appoint ministers that are of the right calibre.Read More
Alan Winde says he is already in discussions on who members of his Cabinet would be in the provincial legislature.Read More
Federal chairperson Athol Trollip says the party takes collective responsibility for the election results.Read More
The News24 editor says there is a theory in the ANC that Lindiwe Sisulu may be used by the 'Zuma camp' to unseat the president.Read More