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The ANC’s Manifesto Launch And The Zuma Factor

Initially introduced as a temporary measure, it has become a persistent issue, reflecting the challenges in meeting the country's energy demands.

Despite the ANC holding its manifesto launch in KwaZulu-Natal, a stronghold of the party’s estranged former president Jacob Zuma, the party said it did not fear the Zuma threat. Zuma, a key figure in KZN politics, has been influential in the region for many years.

KwaZulu-Natal has become a political battleground for several parties. This time, things will be different for the ANC as they launch their elections rally in a province where Zuma had been most influential, without him for the first time in years.

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In an interview with eNCA, spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu said the focus of the manifesto launch at Moses Mabhida Stadium would not be the MK Party nor Zuma’s political betrayal.

Zuma’s tenure as president of South Africa was marked by significant challenges, yet his recent comments at the MKP rally have brought the issue of load shedding back into the spotlight.

His assertion that he had eradicated the problem contrasts starkly with the reality faced by millions of South Africans today. Under Ramaphosa’s leadership, the country continues to grapple with rolling blackouts, significantly impacting daily life and the economy.

A Closer Look at Load Shedding

Load shedding, a term that has become all too familiar for South Africans, refers to the deliberate shutdown of electric power in parts of the system to prevent the entire system from collapsing.

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Initially introduced as a temporary measure, it has become a persistent issue, reflecting the challenges in meeting the country’s energy demands. Zuma’s claims of having ‘totally ended’ this phenomenon during his presidency have sparked a debate about the effectiveness of the measures taken then versus those implemented by the current government.

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While the ANC may not be directly addressing the Zuma factor in their manifesto launch, the issue of load shedding serves as a reminder of the challenges faced during his presidency.

As South Africa looks to the future, it is crucial for the government to prioritize finding sustainable solutions to the energy crisis, ensuring a reliable power supply for all citizens.

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Ntuthuko Gumede for SurgeZirc SA
Ntuthuko Gumede for SurgeZirc SA
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