The 2019 National Elections campaign started 3-years early - CNBC Africa

The 2019 National Elections campaign started 3-years early

Southern Africa

by CNBC Africa Reporter 0

The 2019 National Elections campaign started early. .Photo: Jay Caboz.

All eyes are on the three major metros Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and the City of Johannesburg as the 26 million registered South Africans vote on Wednesday in the local elections. CNBC Africa discussed these influential cities and what the results may look like and what this means for the national elections in 2019.

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"What we are really seeing today is that the 2019 election campaign has already started so we are going to see a lot of electioneering running up into 2019." - Prof. Jannie Rossouw, Head: School of Economic & Business Science at Wits University.

"The Nelson Mandela Bay is very symbolic, if the DA (Democratic Alliance) can take a place called Nelson Mandela Bay; they would be justified by that in using Nelson Mandela's in their election campaign." - Prof. Jannie Rossouw, Head: School of Economic & Business Science at Wits University.

"These elections are going to go down as the most highly contested elections, possibly just as highly contested as the very first democratic elections - the stakes are quite high this time around, people want to hold the seating government and the opposition parties accountable over the last 22 years or so." - Lulu White-Raheem, African Election Expert.

"The youth has grown up and therefore sentiment has changed with regard to voting for political parties on emotional basis looking at last year's events (#FeesMustFall and #RhodesMustFall)." - Lulu White-Raheem, African Election Expert.

"Coalition governments will be new to the South African political scene and it will be a new environment within which business will have to adjust." - Prof. Jannie Rossouw, Head: School of Economic & Business Science at Wits University.


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