It was almost a casual, throwaway remark. But Cyril Ramaphosa “May” have accidentally revealed a date for SA’s 2019 election.
Blink, and you’d have missed it. But Cyril Ramaphosa may have stealthily dropped a bombshell about what month the 2019 election will be held in South Africa.
The president was addressing the David Rockafeller Lecture in New York, where he tackled all things ranging from South Africa’s economic misfortunes to the impact of land reform.
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2019 Election: How Cyril Ramaphosa dropped the bomb
However, it was between sentences – almost as a throwaway comment – that Cyril shared perhaps a little more information than he would’ve liked to.
“So the ANC is finding traction once again. And I’m confident that it should be able to win the next elections quite easily, which will be held next year, before May of 2019. So we go to those elections renewed, united, and feeling much stronger than we have in the past.”
So it would certainly seem like Ramaphosa has a date in mind. Whether that actually lands in May or even earlier, we’ll have to wait and see. Or, just hope for another slip of the tongue from our head of state.
Cyril went on to explain why he was so confident about holding a general election near the start of the year, and in the process, channelled his inner Austin Powers…
“So the ANC is getting back its mojo, if one can say that; is getting back its strength. And it’s getting back its commitment to serving the people of South Africa because that is what the ANC was formed to do. So the mojo is coming back.”
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Why would Cyril choose May 2019?
Oh, behave. Realistically, South Africa could be heading to the polls within the next eight months. In fact, it’s quite plausible that recent polling numbers shared by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) have made his mind up for him.
They published a survey over the weekend which highlighted some very interesting shifts in voter preferences. Support for the EFF has more than doubled since 2014, whereas the ANC is 10% less popular than it was five years ago.
On the IRR’s evidence, the ANC will be polling between 52 – 53% next year – only just enough for a majority. It would seem Cyril is ready to play his hand sooner, rather than later.
Watch his “May” bombshell dropped just below:-
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