Ailing rural regions hold way too much sway in ANC race

CATEGORY: Economic Performance and Development
DATE: 8 December 2017
AUTHOR: Business Day Live

The widening gap between the geography of ANC support and the economic heart of South Africa has gone unnoticed

In the ferment surrounding the ANC leadership contest, the widening gap between the geography of ANC support and the economic heart of the country has gone unnoticed.

ANC membership translates into political influence and has been rising in relatively poor and mostly rural provinces but falling behind in better-off urban regions. The divide between political clout and economic capacity is risky for the economy. Without efforts to close the gap, the consequences are likely to be damaging.

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