ELECTION BRIEF | The ANC below 50% will mean Cyril’s under siege … and 5 election truths


The writer asks if Cyril Ramaphosa become the first democratic president to make it through his second term of office if the ANC gets a majority in the national elections? (Alfonso Nqunjana/News24)

The writer asks if Cyril Ramaphosa become the first democratic president to make it through his second term of office if the ANC gets a majority in the national elections? (Alfonso Nqunjana/News24)

It isn’t only the ANC which is fighting for its political future on Wednesday. There is no doubt should the ANC’s support collapse to below 50%, President Cyril Ramaphosa will have to batten down the hatches, writes Pieter du Toit.

The next 24 hours might very well prove to be the most important for the ANC since 27 April 1994, when it contested an election for the first time.

The ANC, established in 1912 in response to the Act of Union from 1910, and the subsequent Statute of Westminster that gave South Africa independence as a dominion within the British Empire, has been at the forefront of a freedom struggle that spanned the whole of the 20th century. 

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