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Polls: South Africa’s power challenges may hurt ANC


Pundits say ANC may yet win critical elections but with slimmer majority

By Nsikan Ikpe

Ahead of scheduled General Elections holding in May 2019, it is coming to the fore that South Africa’s power sector challenges may hurt the ruling African National Congress, ANC..

This is coming on the heels of the inability of the state power utility, Eskom to continue to provide uninterrupted power supply to subscribers in the country.

While Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan ia tracing a lot of the problem to the mismanagement and corruption of the Jacob Zuma era, former President Zuma says the crisis would have been averted had the nation bought into his nuclear power project.

The opposition Democratic Alliance on its part insists that the ANC| take full responsibility for the problem and is calling out South Africans to denounce the party.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says an investigation is underway but the opposition is unimpressed.

The ANC has been in power since the first multi-racial elections that was conducted in 1994, and which had brought the veteran activist, Nelson Mandela to power.

Pundits say the ANC may yet win the polls in May, though with a much slimmer majority than it had garnered in successive contests across the past 25 years.

Poor electricity supply (Dumsor) was a major factor in the electoral ousting of former Ghanaian President, John Mahama in 2016.

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

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