Isaac Mashaba
4 minute read
10 Jun 2022
6:08 am

The ruling party will need to make some big adjustments to its failed trajectory

Isaac Mashaba

The ruling party adopted a policy of racial division and populism and it is now coming home to haunt them as they have lost control over most of everything.

General views of the African National Congress (ANC) headquarters Luthuli House in Johannesburg, 9 December 2020. Photo: The Citizen/Michel Bega

South Africans are increasingly angry, despondent and frustrated at how the ruling party has conducted itself and backtracked on the many promises it made to voters. Instead of seeing an improvement in their lives over the past 28 years, they have become poorer and deeper in debt. Having lost faith and trust in the government, people have opted to voice their discontent through community-based movements. This doesn’t bode well for South Africa as many of these movements are populist-driven and feed off emotions. Others express their anger through protest and riots. But with these actions, comes the destruction of infrastructure,...