United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa believes the ruling African National Congress (ANC) will lose some of its support and, according to him, that can only be good for democracy.
Holomisa is one of the party leaders who have already cast their votes in the 2019 elections, having made his mark at Arcadia Primary School in Tshwane on Wednesday morning.
Bantu Holomisa predicts doom for the ANC
Speaking to journalists after voting, “The General” said one-party dominance was not good for a democratic South Africa, pinning the scourge of corruption reported over the last decade on the ruling party’s authority on the polls.
“If the ANC continues to lose people, it’s good for our democracy because automatically, you are improving the checks and balances which will force them not to dominate the politics in this country,” Holomisa said.
“What we need to avoid is one-party dominance. One-party dominance breeds corruption, which we have seen in the last 10 years.”
Corruption and state capture to cost ANC dearly
Since 1994 , the ANC has been dominant in the polls, claiming two-thirds majority in all but one generation elections – in 2014, where it fell short of the mark, getting 62.15% of the total vote.
Holomisa believes the decline is set to continue, thanks to the allegations of corruption and state capture, which have dominated headlines recently.
“If one judges what has been said in the media, I think the people of South Africa are fed up with the people who claim to be liberators of this country, yet they are participating in looting the resources of this country. It’s an embarrassment.
“It (ANC) will be punished, definitely by the middle class, I’m not sure about the lower levels because people there are always threatened that if you don’t vote for the ANC, they will take away your grant.”
The previous general elections in 2014 saw Holomisa’s UDM maintain its four seats in parliament after claiming just one percent of the total vote.