As the South African 2019 elections come to a close with the final result expected to be announced later on Saturday, a news agency's Assistant Editor for in-depth news, Pieter Du Toit, says the country has not seen a fundamental shift in the political landscape.
With the three biggest parties still largely in the same running order and the country facing the same issues of corruption and state capture, these elections haven not made a substantial impact on the country.
"I think this is quite disappointing from the public’s point of view as people expected some form of punishment for the African National Congress (ANC) given the mismanagement and corruption of the last ten years," said Du Toit.
"[The ANC] are now under 60% but have they been punished? I’m not certain that they have."
At the cusp of a difficult five years, according to Du Toit, he predicts a decline in the fortunes of some parties, "personalities come and go, our politics largely centres around personalities, we are again going to be drawn into the ANC’s internal battles – as of yesterday we are already there [with] some tension between senior figures – we are in for a grind in the next five years."
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