The 2016 local government elections have changed the political game in South Africa.
Opposition victories had been predicted well in advance. But, now that they are actually a reality, the question on everyone’s lips is: What happens next? The majority of South Africans have a deeply personal, emotional connection to the 104-year-old ANC movement; for them, it was always more than a mere political party.
Election after election, the ANC has hung on to its past glory and retained its support base. It has relied on emotional appeals to its liberation history and traditional loyalties. This time round, though, it was not enough – the party must now take stock and regroup after losing control of key metros like Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay.
The electorate has spoken. Now, what does the ANC do after such losses?
The Mail & Guardian in collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung invites you to join our post elections review discussion with by Ralph Mathekga, Faculty Head: Political Economy, Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection, Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) who will be moderating a panel comprising of:
- Sy Mamabolo Deputy CEO, IEC
- Ebrahim Fakir, Political Analyst
- Dr. Somadoda Fikeni, Advisor to the Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor & Director of VC projects, University of South Africa
- Professor Susan Booysen, Wits School of Governance
We’ll listen to their points, and then take questions from the audience. Attendance is free but space is limited so be sure to book your place soon. The event is supported by Rosa Luxenburg Stiftung.
Venue: Gordon Institute of Business Science, 26 Melville road, Illovo, Johannesburg
Date: August 29 2016
Time: 18:00 for 18:30
Book your seat now by contacting Zenzele Mbuyazwe ([email protected]) or call 011 250 7470.