Rise Mzansi and new MK party are ‘big contenders’ – political analyst

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The two newly formed political parties contesting the upcoming national elections could be serious competitors against the old guard of the ANC, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Rise Mzansi and the recently launched uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party, both of which have received a lot of attention, are two of the most talked about developments in the run-up to the election. ALSO READ: MK Party Rejects Allegations of Financial Misconduct According to North West University political analyst Sysman Motloung, Rise Mzansi has been working for some time in the past year and targeting young people , which made them unique. “Apart from the EFF,…

The two newly formed political parties vying for the next national elections could be serious competitors against the old guard of the ANC, the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

Mount Mzansi and the recent launch uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MK)both of which have received a lot of attention, are two of the most talked about events in the run-up to the elections.

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According to Sysman Motloung, a policy analyst at North West University, Rise Mzansi has worked for some time over the past year and targeted young people, which makes them unique.

“After the EFF, Rise Mzansi is the second party to really try to appeal to young voters. They appeal to the youth with the intention of showing that there is a failed government and that the institution will not transform itself to pursue and promote the interests of the youth,” he said.

“Rise Mzansi is more holistic in terms of reform, policy, accountability, citizen engagement aspects and climate change.

“They are very clear on climate change, something that young people, especially those who are more educated, really buy into. »

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Rise Mzansi was launched on 19 April 2023 at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. Songezo Zibi, a former journalist and co-founder of the Rivonia Circle think tank, was named party leader.

The party intends to contest this year’s general elections, with Zibi as its presidential candidate. Motloung said if young people really showed confidence and went to the polls like never before, and showed their support for Rise Mzansi, then he would be a candidate for government.

He said he could even replace the DA and probably give the EFF a hard time.

“It’s about how much reservations young people have about Rise Mzansi about whether the project will actually do what it says it will do. Another thing is the desire for detachment of voters and young people.

“A person has to break away,” Motloung said. “They must allow themselves to break with the ANC and the EFF.

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“They need to allow themselves to see a different perspective of reality and could Rise Mzansi be that reality? It’s a personal will.

The newly launched MK party was registered on September 7, 2023 and launched in Soweto on December 16.

The party is named after the former armed wing of the ANC and was supported by former president Jacob Zuma. Motloung said the MP was for the group of disillusioned ANC loyalists.

“The kind of people who say, whatever happens, I die with the ANC. They are likely to support MK because of Zuma and the legacy MK has in its association with the ANC,” he said.

“It is also about someone within the party who believes that President Cyril Ramaphosa has not done what he was supposed to do.

This person is most likely to vote for MK. “MK also comes from an African nationalist sentiment based on what Zuma says that appeals to black people and traditional leaders.”

Motloung stressed, however, that it was crucial that each party took itself seriously.

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“As a party you cannot weaken another political party. They can make fun of each other, but cannot view others as useless. A party may say it is not afraid, but it is worried. So they should not underestimate themselves,” he said.

“It’s a matter of the effort you put in.” Watch the Rise Mzansi. It’s something. Once you run for office, you’re in the running.

“Before Rise Mzansi and MK became political parties, serious groundwork was being done and this is something to be concerned about. »

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