With revelations following scandals within the current ruling government, led by the African National Congress (ANC), regarding the attention given to the former President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family are concerned, this follows allegations of corruption and attempts to weaken key state institutions, carried out by members of the family and a network of individuals close to Zuma.
Studies are revealing that the concerns of the public, may be a sign that the views of voters will be swayed and what this may mean for the responsible government when it is time for the people to vote at the polls in 2019.
Party loyalty has held a strong influence in the past, with no obvious concern over how the government performed, with the resulting effects of the trust the people have over government institutions. That trend is changing. Voters are more concerned with how various government institutions are performing, such as the Courts, the South African Police Services, the South African Security Agency, the Department of Social Development and even the media. Along with the trust in institutions, is the implementations of the socio-economic rights within the Constitution and the perceptions of corruption.
It is becoming quite apparent that there is a significant shift in support for the ANC, the percentage of those interviewed revealed only about 53% would vote for the ANC in 2019, compared to the higher rate of 70% in 2004, compared to the only slightly higher 54% in 2016.
The ideas of who and how any and all decisions are made, from resource management and implementation, and to how far the public institutions govern the needs of the general population rather than the select few, is showing to be the more likely deciding factor for the future voters. This is quite relevant due to the regular protests regarding service delivery, with increased concerns of safety and various commissions of inquiry revealed daily showing the degree of corruption.
Observing perceptions of good governance, and corruption, along with social and the economic well-being are the main deciding factors that will influence the votes at the national general elections in 2019.
Many showed strong levels of trust in institutions, while less than 26% of potential voters showed trust in former President Jacob Zuma.
The strong trust in institutions showed nearly four times more likely to vote ANC. Though the belief that corruption had increased since 2014, they were half as likely to vote for the ANC.
Good governance is showing to be the most likely deciding factor, in influencing voters decisions, when observed with concerns over corruption and failures of service deliveries.