The people of South Africa felt let down by ANC – Adekunle Owolabi

The people of South Africa felt let down by ANC – Adekunle Owolabi

The African National Congress (ANC) recorded its worst election results since the end of apartheid in 1994. Guardian Nigeria’s Obaro Esiekpe rec...

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The African National Congress (ANC) recorded its worst election results since the end of apartheid in 1994.

Guardian Nigeria’s Obaro Esiekpe recently interviewed Adekunle Owolabi about the politics in South Africa.

1) The ANC recorded it worst election results since the end of apartheid in 1994. What would you say are the main reasons for the party’s recent decline? 
 
The reason for party’s recent decline is because of the allegations against the president of ANC “Jacob Zuma”. 
There are a few scandals like the GUPTAs, NKANDLA, E-tolls and Corruption in Government departments.
 
2) Has the shift away from the ANC as the main party been consistent throughout the country, or are there specific areas where the decline has been more significant? If so, where/why? 
 
The shift from the ANC has not been consistent throughout the country but in specific regions in the country. Democratic Alliance got 43.2 % while ANC got 41.0% in Tshwane Metro which is the capital city. Joburg Metro which is the economic hub of the country remained in the hands of ANC with 44.1% while the Democratic Alliance got 41.0%. 
 
The Nelson Mandela Bay means everything to the ANC because Nelson Mandela is the father of ANC but it was lost to the DA with 46.8% while the ANC got 40.3%.
 
The people of South Africa felt let down by ANC because of unfulfilled promises like job creation, RDP House and basic infrastructures.
 
3) In your opinion, will the decline of the ANC have a positive or negative impact on the political situation in South Africa? 
 
According to the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) : 
• 23% eligible citizens didn’t register to vote
• 40% of registered voters didn’t vote
= 18.4 million wasted voices
 
The outcome of the recent local government election will have a positive impact on the political situation in South Africa.
Competition is great because it is going to encourage every party to deliver on their promises. 
 
I think the outcome of the election will pressure the ANC to deliver in order to remain in power when we have the presidential election.
 
 
4) How, if at all, will these turn of events affect Nigerians in South Africa? 
 
The affairs of Nigerians living in South Africa is relative to the relationship between both governments of Nigeria and South Africa. I believe President Jacob Zuma and President Buhari have a cordial relationship.
 
Last year, We had the xenophobic attacks in Durban and Johannesburg. African immigrants were the targets in these attacks and the government of South Africa responded swiftly towards this with the launch of “OPERATION FIELA” . This operation was created to clean up illegal immigrants as well as the perpetrators of these attacks.
 
The outcome of the election might not have a direct impact on Nigerians living in South Africa.
 
 
Adekunle Samuel Owolabi
Founder, NigeriansinSouthAfrica.com

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