Which of the smaller parties are likely to keep their seats in Parliament?

With 13 political parties currently in Parliament, which of the smaller parties is likely to remain?

Elections over the years have seen parties such as the Azanian People's Organisation lose a seat at national level in 2014.

University of the Western Cape (UWC) associate professor Cherrel Africa says a lot depends on what has been happening since the last election.

She says some of the smaller parties that will likely be safe are those that have made a legislative difference.

I am thinking for example of the UDM or the ACDP which has introduced this paternity bill.

Cherrel Africa, Associate professor - University of Western Cape

Those parties that have some kind of a structure or have been contested, they woud sand a better chance than those very new parties.

Cherrel Africa, Associate professor - University of Western Cape

She says while there is the notion that South Africans are spoilt for choice as this is the most contested elections, she does not agree.

Yes we are more parties but that doesn't mean that people feel that they have better choices.

Cherrel Africa, Associate professor - University of Western Cape

Africa believes Patricia de Lille's party GOOD may get a seat.

She certainly has a track record and she is a recognisable political leader. I would suspect that she will probably get enough to get a seat at national level but of course the question will be what happens at provincial level. I think she would be different to the numerous other parties which are newly emerged.

Cherrel Africa, Associate professor - University of Western Cape

Click on the link below to hear more from Africa...


This article first appeared on 702 : Which of the smaller parties are likely to keep their seats in Parliament?


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Activists seek African language development in universities

Activists seek African language development in universities

Elinor Sisulu says the government should prioritise indigenous languages.

ACDP claims new sex education program promotes oral sex to pre-teens

ACDP claims new sex education program promotes oral sex to pre-teens

The party says the curriculum encourages unsafe sex programmes and has given government an ultimatum to scrap the program.

2019 elections a turning point for SA, says Ramaphosa

2019 elections a turning point for SA, says Ramaphosa

Eyewitness News reporters bring you the latest developments on elections day in Gauteng.

Siqalo quiet now, but police nyala and vans patrol as elections kick off

Siqalo quiet now, but police nyala and vans patrol as elections kick off

Police are on high alert following protests that ensued in the Mitchells Plain area on Tuesday.

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party launches its election manifesto

Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party launches its election manifesto

The Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party releases a pro-workers manifesto for the upcoming elections.

'Young people in this country don't feel that they are heard'

'Young people in this country don't feel that they are heard'

Youth notoriously don't vote and with the final voter registration weekend for the elections, the DA says it hopes to change this.

Popular articles
Dozens of families evicted from Kraaifontein farm

Dozens of families evicted from Kraaifontein farm

Plass senior researcher Dr Farai Mtero explains what the law says about evictions.

[WATCH] Ndlovu Youth Choir shines once again with latest AGT performance

[WATCH] Ndlovu Youth Choir shines once again with latest AGT performance

The inspiring South African choirU2's Beautiful Day at America's Got Talent quarter-finals.

Want to get rich? Got R100? You don’t need millions to start

Want to get rich? Got R100? You don’t need millions to start

Bruce Whitfield interviews Anthea Gardner, author of "Make Your Money Work for You: Think Big, Start Small".

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

SA’s richest woman opens up about being a refugee and becoming a billionaire

Magda Wierzycka – Sygnia’s renegade CEO – on her attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Mystery solved: Why smelly, blue sewage has been leaking into Cape Town forest

Mystery solved: Why smelly, blue sewage has been leaking into Cape Town forest

The reason for the leakage has been revealed, explains Table Mountain Aerial Cableway MD Wahida Parker.

'CR17 leaks have damaged Ramaphosa's political integrity '

'CR17 leaks have damaged Ramaphosa's political integrity '

Political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni weighs in on President Cyril Ramaphosa's ANC election campaign.

W Cape traffic chief: Stay close to other motorists on N2 to stay safe

W Cape traffic chief: Stay close to other motorists on N2 to stay safe

W Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says private security working with the department is helping curb the stonings on the highway.

Were missing SA men victims of Vietnamese organ harvesting syndicate?

Were missing SA men victims of Vietnamese organ harvesting syndicate?

Gift of the Givers fears two South African men who went missing in Vietnam may have fallen prey to an organ harvesting syndicate.