2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

Ramaphosa has to move forward or face consequences for ANC in next election

Now that the African National Congress (ANC) has secured a 57.5% majority in elections 2019, the real work begins.

It marks the first time the party has dipped below 60% since the first democratic election in 1994.

Read: Mixed fortunes for parties as IEC releases results

Is this a strong enough mandate for ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa to move forward with cleaning up government?

Africa Melane speaks to the director of research at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) and visiting professor at the Wits School of Governance, Susan Booysen.

Professor Booysen says Ramaphosa has to proceed with cleaning house or face the consequences in the next election.

The ANC generally has committed itself to cleaning up government, doing government more responsibly, honestly, in the next term of five years.

Prof. Susan Booysen, Director of research - Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection

It is what the ANC has to do or it will suffer the consequences in five years' time.

Prof. Susan Booysen, Director of research - Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection

Professor Booysen believes the election results show a maturation of the electorate.

I think the political statement comes out very strongly and even when the voters have endorsed their political parties they have done that after serious interrogation, even in many cases after protests to make sure that the next time around they might be getting better service and government.

Prof. Susan Booysen, Director of research - Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection

She says the selection of the cabinet and especially the choice of deputy president, is a litmus test for president Ramaphosa.

Can he act against those tainted by corruption and other government scandals? If not, we're going to see this election mandate type of euphoria... dissipate very, very fast.

Prof. Susan Booysen, Director of research - Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection

'Sacrificing' DD Mabuza as deputy president could be one of the significant moves or sacrifices from his side.

Prof. Susan Booysen, Director of research - Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection

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