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    Posted: 19-Apr-2009 at 17:44
South Africa will be holding a general election on April 22nd. It appears now that the ANC led by Jacob Zuma will coast to another easy victory.
 
This appears interesting so let's discuss!
 


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Its no surprise that the ANC will have another parliamentary victory. There is no real opposition. South Africa is a dictatorship waiting to happen; In many ways they are constitutionally advanced, certainly compared to other African countries (Except maybe Botswana?) but there seems to be little or no democratic or even liberal tension in the country. As long as there is one party (The ANC) the possibilities of political abuse is too dangerous. And frankly from what I've read and heard about Zuma, things don't look good at all.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kevin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Apr-2009 at 20:12
Originally posted by Parnell Parnell wrote:

Its no surprise that the ANC will have another parliamentary victory. There is no real opposition. South Africa is a dictatorship waiting to happen; In many ways they are constitutionally advanced, certainly compared to other African countries (Except maybe Botswana?) but there seems to be little or no democratic or even liberal tension in the country. As long as there is one party (The ANC) the possibilities of political abuse is too dangerous. And frankly from what I've read and heard about Zuma, things don't look good at all.
 
True but I was hoping the multiracial and multiethnic COPE would have been able to gain some percentage of the vote and persentit's self as a challenge to the increasingly left-wing, corrupt in-group oriented, and autocratic ANC. However it appear's that is not at all likely to happen. Btw the more you hear about Zuma the more you realize he is indeed bad news for the nation and he looks like a mix of Chavez/Mugabe in the making.
 
Although there is hope perhaps that South Africa will mature as a democracy like India or some of the Eastern European nations have after gaining formal politcal freedom. 
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Yeah, I think the ANC has been in power too long, I'd like to see them defeated in order to 'keep them honest'.
Its not good for a single party to be in power too long. It goes to their head, and they produce people like Zuma.
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Its not good for a single party to be in power too long.
 
Thats really what it boils down to. Well said Omar.
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Hello to you all
 
While it is true that one party domination is not good, a multi party system doesn't mean that it will work better os less corrupt.
 
The problem with SA is that no ANC leader, and there are many, who oppose Zuma has walked to the other side. The ANC is still very strong with strong party loyalty and the only way for SA to turn to another party is with dissent ripping the ANC. This is what happened to the liberals in Canada, Conservatives in Britain and what will happen in SA.
 
Plus SA will never be another Zimbabwe. The only person who could have been Mugabe was Mandela and he didn't. Mugabe was, and largely still is, worshipped by the largely homogenous Zimbabwe society, a thing that won't happen in SA.
 
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Well tomorrow is the big day!Big smile
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