HOW BAD ARE OUR POLITICAL PARTIES? THEY KEEP SCORING OWN GOALS

Celani Sikhakhane

If current election campaigns were a game of football, all of South Africa’s big four political parties would be scoring own goals left, right and centre.

The EFF became the most recent laughing stock after a woman wearing party regalia addressed an election rally with the bungled slogan: “Viva ANC Viva!”

Social media showed her no mercy, with the video now trending and putting thousands across the country in stitches.

While the EFF is encouraging people to vote for the ANC, the ANC is kindly returning the favour.

On Tuesday, ANC head of Elections Fikele Mbalula called on South Africans to register to vote… for the EFF.

He tweeted: “ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa to embark on an intensive voter registration drive. #RegisterToVoteEFF”.

This week, Scrolla.Africa reported about the IFP being forced to apologise to New Zulu king Misuzulu kaZwelithini for using his image in a party election poster.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal had earlier predicted that IFP founder Mangosuthu Buthelezi would not be able to resist using his proximity to the king to score some political points.

ANCYL activist, Lindokuhle Xulu said that it is high time for King Misuzulu to fire Buthelezi from the position of traditional prime minister. 

The ANC itself became the national mampara last week when one of its municipalities, Enoch Mgijima in Queenstown, rounded up a few dozen villagers to unveil a new R15 million “stadium”.

The stadium turned out to be a crappy patch of ground with a few temporary seats and no roof. 

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU)  is now investigating this public embarrassment of the ruling party.

And lastly, the DA once again misread the mood of South Africans with its posters in Phoenix which were rejected by the community as promoting racial segregation

The posters said the DA saw Phoenix Indians who opened gun fire at black people who approached their properties, potentially to loot them, as heroes.

Another poster said the ANC saw the same people as racists. 

The DA is famous for its own goals on the eve of elections, dating back to their offensive slogan “Fight Back” in the early 2000s.

Black middle class voters who later helped the DA win Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Tshwane, found this slogan offensive and anti-black rule and liberation.

Image source: SowetanLive