'It's easy to make election promises'

A political analyst says it's easy for parties to make promises because they will never be in power.

A political analyst says it's easy for parties to make promises because they will never be in power.

CAPE TOWN - A political analyst says it's easy for some political parties to make elaborate promises in manifestos because they know they'll never get into power.

Parties including the Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Agang SA and African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) launched their manifestos this past weekend.

Political analyst Harald Pakendorf criticised the EFF's promises of doubling social grants and free education up to tertiary level, calling them unrealistic.

"The EFF is a very radical version of the ANC. It goes much further and makes promises that it knows it will not have to keep because it will never get into power."

The ACDP launched its manifesto in Soweto on Saturday and Pakendorf says the party's support has been stagnant since the previous election.

And even though they suffered much criticism since their public break-up, Pakendorf says there's still hope for a DA-Agang partnership.

"If Agang SA and DA leadership can overcome the mutual discredit they caused, they could easily go into a coalition of separate identities."