There is a lot of populist speak in the air these days. From issues of land and mining, to electricity and bridging the inequality gap, the major political organisations are trying to tap into popular sentiment. The Freedom Charter, in its 60th year, is back en vogue.
There is no doubt that the radical speak of the Economic Freedom Fighters is forcing the African National Congress to adjust their own parlance to keep up and look as if radical economic transformation was their idea first.
The United Front is a new player in the political milieu and is launching a ground level campaign to capture mass support. In the mix of issues is how they are dealing with the xenophobia phenomenon in the very constituencies they are all competing for.
The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) lekgotla earlier this week was not the place for new ideas. ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the meeting was mostly to assess the implementation of policies and programmes. “The NEC lekgotla was an opportunity for the ANC government to account to the ANC and the alliance broadly on the progress in delivering on the commitments made to our people during…
Source : Daily Maverick