South Africa’s ANC buys up smaller parties to disrupt opposition 

By Ray Mwareya
Posted on Monday, 7 November 2022 15:38

African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa speaks in Pretoria
African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during the launch of his party's election manifesto at Church Square in Pretoria, South Africa, September 27, 2021. Picture taken September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Opposition parties fear that the ANC government could destabilise their coalitions in the metros and the provinces by offering bribes to make smaller parties switch allegiance and that the ANC, with its grip on state machinery, could use that tactic in national elections in 2024 should its share of the vote in parliament fall below 50%. 

The turbulence rocking Johannesburg, the commercial capital, suggests the ANC is experimenting with bribes to buy the loyalty of some small parties and wrestle back South Africa’s metropolitan authorities ahead of 2024.