No excuses now for ANC - IRR

Staff Writer | May 11, 2019
Having secured an electoral majority, there is no excuse for the governing African National Congress (ANC) not to move swiftly towards structural reform.

With the African National Congress (ANC) having secured a majority of 57,5%, the IRR has said there can be no excuse for the party not to move swiftly towards structural reform. 

Ahead of the election, analysts and ANC leaders had developed the idea of a ‘mandate-threshold’. The idea held that only if Mr Ramaphosa delivered a strong majority for the ANC would he be sufficiently strengthened to move against corrupt leaders in his party and introduce structural reforms.

IRR CEO, Dr Frans Cronje, said: “While we remain sceptical of the idea of a mandate-threshold there can be no doubt that, with 57,5% of the vote, the ANC has received a very strong mandate. It remains to be seen what Mr Ramaphosa will do with that mandate, but we will get a very good read from the make-up of his Cabinet and also from whether law enforcement agencies move swiftly to arrest ANC and government leaders implicated in corruption. One thing is certain, though – there are no excuses left for reform not to happen.” 

South Africa faces serious economic and social crises. Having performed strongly in the first decade after the end of apartheid, corruption and growing leftist influence in the government has brought the economy to its knees. South Africa’s economy is now growing at less than a quarter of the rate of comparable emerging markets. 

Entrepreneurs and businesses are confronted with onerous regulation and forced compliance with government-mandated racial edicts. The government is pushing for legislation that will see it seize private property without compensation. More than half of young people do not have a job and the quality of education offered in schools is rated as amongst the worst in the world. 

The IRR has argued that in order to turn the South African economy around, the government would need to repeal all race-based legislation, secure property rights, privatise state-owned firms, deregulate the labour market and allow communities much greater direct management control of schools and police stations.    

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