ANC needs to embrace real democracy, learn how to lose

By Alec Hogg

Judging by my interactions yesterday, Brexit wounds are still raw in London. Disagreeing with the popular view is liable to result in a rapid termination of the meeting. Not too much of that famous British logic and tolerance going around at the moment.

One hopes there will be a more mature response from South Africans after August 3. Pessimists fret about a repeat of Oudtshoorn where the sitting party simply refused to yield after losing a recent election. Their concern is well placed. If politically aware Tshwane residents rioted after the ANC nominated a different candidate, imagine the chaos if the party actually loses – now more probable than possible.

Peaceful transition is the true test of democracy. The party has been built on the basis of indefinite rule, with little thought given to what to do should it lose. For the sake of all South Africans, let’s hope they start learning fast. Nobody likes a bad loser.

Supporters of the African National Congress chant slogans during ANC president Jacob Zuma's election campaign in Atteridgeville a township located to the west of Pretoria, South Africa July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
Supporters of the African National Congress chant slogans during ANC president Jacob Zuma’s election campaign in Atteridgeville a township located to the west of Pretoria, South Africa July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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