William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
16 Oct 2021
6:50 am

No matter what ANC fails to do, it remains electorally powerful

William Saunderson-Meyer

Those alienated by the ANC won’t finally turn their back on the party until they have a new political refuge.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing Greenpoint residents in Kimberley on the ANC's campaign trail for the 2021 local government elections. Picture: @AncNcape/Twitter

Corruption and societal collapse have reduced South Africans to the kind of passivity often seen in abusive domestic relationships. The victim is painfully aware of the costs of remaining but cannot conceive an existence beyond the living hell they’re in. The Institute of Race Relations has just released a poll showing that Cyril Ramaphosa – despite three years of meandering leadership – is still by a mighty margin the most popular political leader in the country. While barely half (50.3%) of the respondents would vote for the ANC, 62% had a favourable, or somewhat favourable, view of Ramaphosa. In contrast,...