EDINBURGH — Who are you voting for this year? The small but rapidly growing and ambitious ZACP, fronted by journalists with capitalist intent, or the ANC in the hope that your vote will encourage President Cyril Ramaphosa and team to continue righting the ship? BizNews visitors have shared what they plan to do when they go to the voting stations on May 8 and the results so far make for fascinating reading. The Democratic Alliance’s Mmusi Maimane has got much work to do if he wants to build support in a traditional DA stronghold, while the Economic Freedom Fighters‘ Julius Malema is the political leader BizNews readers would like to disappear into the dust.
– Jackie Cameron By Thulasizwe Sithole As South Africa prepares for national elections on May 8, the first election survey results suggest that Cyril Ramaphosa is in the lead as the country’s first choice for president. The survey, conducted by BizNews – which has a large audience in urban areas in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape – indicates that the Democratic Alliance’s Mmusi Maimane is not as popular as might be expected. And, in another interesting early finding, the new capitalism-focused ZACP, which has a purple cow as its emblem, has rapidly gained ground, with its leader, journalist Kanthan Pillay, the third choice for president among BizNews community members.
Unsurprisingly, the BizNews community is overwhelming in its rejection of Julius Malema, who favours the destructive Venezuela style of economic management, as leader. The survey opened for responses on Monday and within 24 hours had ratcheted up not far off 1,000 responses. Many BizNews visitors have elaborated on their choices, with the overwhelming message that it is time for change.
Eskom blackouts have been angering South Africans, however corruption is a bigger challenges, with the Zuma years weighing heavily on the country’s captains of industry and entrepreneurs. Job creation is seen as a priority as is boosting economic growth. BizNews will update the findings later this week.
If you haven’t already shared who you’re planning to vote for – and why – please do so now by completing this short Election 2019 survey.