The Sunday Times reported that the technocrats warned: “If we want to make a significant impact on voter mood we need to use the next 15 months to demonstrate political will, concrete actions and capacity to deal with these issues.

“This includes concrete and drastic action (not just statements) against corruption, especially among our leaders, and to strengthen the capacity of the state to investigate and prosecute offenders.

“We also have to provide clear action and proof that we are prioritising job creation and economic development and that our efforts are bearing fruit.”

If this doesn’t happen, the paper warns, then it is the back benches at provincial and national level for the party. Not even the so-called Ramaphosa Effect will help: “The outcomes of (the ANC Nasrec) conference have led to a more positive mood in the media and economy, but it should not be mistaken for a massive change in voter behaviour ... Turning the situation around requires drastic and immediate action.”

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