The 2021 local government elections are set to take place on 1 November 2021, and political analysts say the vote will test whether the current ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), is able to maintain its grasp on the majority vote.
- Business Tech spoke to political analyst and professor at the University of Johannesburg, Mcebisi Ndletyana
- The elections will not only be the ultimate test for the ANC, but also for president Cyril Ramaphosa, where his popularity among the electorate will also be gauged
- Ndletyana said the elections will also provide a strong indicator of how contesting parties will perform on a national level
- South Africa’s next national elections are expected to take place in 2024 – with room for political manoeuvring to take place in the interim.
- There may be changes to the ANC’s leadership at the national conference scheduled for 2022.
- In the run-up to the elections, the ANC has pegged its campaign on reform and ‘doing better’, promising supporters that the party is cleaning out its closet and vowing to fulfil the many promises it has made over its 27 years of power
- The messaging has been met with a cold shoulder in many areas of the country, as disgruntled and disillusioned voters voiced their displeasure at the way the party has left many promises unfulfilled
- More than 13-million South Africans who are eligible to vote haven’t registered for 1 November polls
- Historically, South Africa has had a voter turnout of around 70%. The 2019 elections draw a historic low of just 65% of voters turning up. For the 2021 ballot, 26.2 million of an eligible population of 40 million have registered to vote (66%).