POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: Introspection for parties after a bruising election
ANC to hold special national executive committee meeting while the DA's federal executive is also scheduled to discuss the elections outcome
In the week after the bruising 2019 national elections political parties — especially the ANC and DA — will have to do some introspection and strategise on the way forward. The ANC will be holding a special national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Monday. The party retained a weakened majority on the national ballot with 57.51%. While this is not the more than 60% support it enjoyed in previous elections, it was a better result than what it had received in the 2016 local government elections, where nationally it received 53.91%. The party also retained its hold on eight of the country’s provinces, but also with reduced majorities.
The ANC on Monday will first hold a national working committee (NWC) meeting which will be followed by the special NEC.The special NEC is expected, among other things, to discuss and come to a decision on who will be their premiers in the eight provinces.The party’s provincial executive committees will submit three names of possible premiers for...