William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
22 May 2021
8:46 am

ANC chews up its believers

William Saunderson-Meyer

It’s an age-old dilemma: what do good people do when the powerful movements that they cherish demand they do bad things?

Picture: Gallo Images/Thapelo Maphakela

There is often incomprehension at the fealty that the ANC continues to command. “When will the scales drop from the eyes of the true believers? When will ANC voters vote with their minds and not their hearts?” goes the refrain. But the ANC’s critics mistakenly conflate two distinct groups: ANC members and ANC voters. ANC voters have indeed deserted the party, as the party’s sagging election turnout numbers attest. ANC adherents, like the supporters of any strongly ideologically based movement, find it difficult to walk away. Their identities are so tied to the cause that to sever ties is simply...