It would be interesting to know if there are people who make voting decisions based on the contents of election manifestos. Party manifestos are ostensibly wishlists — delivery targets should the parties have the opportunity and power to implement them. The ANC has had both, but has never used its manifestos as checklists for delivery. In this country, we tend not to hold parties accountable based on what they pledge to voters on the election trail. If that were to be the case, many voters would be a lot less charitable with the ANC based on promises to create jobs in successive elections since 1994. Evidence shows not only an overall failure to produce employment for a growing population but mass job losses earning SA the top spot in the world for unemployment. The ANC manifesto launched in Durban at the weekend had to be more than a list of promises. With policy uncertainty and factional divides in the party in the last term, it had to give clarity on where the ANC stands on big i...

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