Is it time for a shake-up in South African politics?

The African National Congress (ANC) might have pulled off another election victory but its first dip below 60% tells a more complicated story.

Soon after Cyril Ramaphosa became president he used the late Hugh Masakela's 'Thuma Mina' (send me) as a rallying cry for change. But will he follow through in 2019?

Political analyst Melanie Verwoerd interprets the election result as a good thing for South Africa.

The voters gave the ANC a little bit of a 'klap' both in terms of turnout and also in terms of support, they didn't do as well as previously.

Melanie Verwoerd, Political analyst

They (the voters) are basically saying, don't take our votes for granted, we are giving you one more chance... basically giving Cyril Ramaphosa one more chance.

Melanie Verwoerd, Political analyst

Verwoerd refers to a column she wrote focusing on the growing need for inspirational leaders around the world.

She says the global trend shows that voters are tired of the establishment.

That's what got people excited about (Barack) Obama - he dared to be different.

Melanie Verwoerd, Political analyst

If you look at the New Zealand prime minister - she's very different and she's really inspiring people globally.

Melanie Verwoerd, Political analyst

That's why we all loved Madiba. There was a sense of 'we can do better', that challenged us as human beings to do better.

Melanie Verwoerd, Political analyst

She says South African politicians also need to be aware of the success of the so-called disruptors in politics around the world as voters become increasingly disillusioned, as evidenced by the lower turnout in last week's election.

Verwoerd feels if our politicians don't step up, 'something new' will start to develop in our country and in our politics.

For more insights from Verwoerd, take a listen:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Is it time for a shake-up in South African politics?


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