South Africa recently concluded its general elections and all eyes were fixed on the three political parties. Most South African citizens consider these parties the big dogs in the country. Don’t get us wrong, we are aware that there are many political parties that were in the poll this year but our main emphasis is on the top 3. With that said, here are the top 3 political parties in South Africa.
3. Economic Freedom Fighters
Known for its far-left policies including plans to nationalize mines, the party punches above its weight on the political scene. EFF played a key role in holding Zuma to account for spending state money on non-security upgrades to his private residence. It has also shaped the debate on land expropriation without compensation.
The EFF is led by Julius Malema, a fiery orator who formed the party in 2013 after he was expelled from the ANC (where he headed the party’s youth wing). His political rhetoric appeals to mainly younger black voters who are disillusioned with 25 years of ANC rule.
The EFF often dress in red overalls and plastic hard hats to show their allegiance to the working class.
2. Democratic Alliance
It traces its roots back to the Progressive Party, a group formed by white liberals who opposed apartheid. The party has grown partly by merging with other parties.
In 2015 the DA appointed its first black leader, Mmusi Maimane, to broaden its appeal and improved its national standing by leading coalition victories in local government elections in metropolitan areas like Johannesburg a year later.
1. African National Congress
The ANC swept to power in 1994 under liberation hero Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president. It has been the majority party in the National Assembly for the past 25 years. It currently governs every province apart from the Western Cape.
Although the ANC has achieved important successes by providing formal housing and basic services like electricity to many black families for the first time, the scale of the problems it inherited means change has been slow and many people today are impatient for more.