Politicians jump ship to get re-elected

Politicians are defecting from their parties in a bid to get re-elected.

Politicians are jumping ship in a bid to get re-elected. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

CAPE TOWN - South African politicians are jumping ship in a bid to get re-elected.

On Tuesday, the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Beverley Abrahams announced she had defected to the African National Congress (ANC).

Abrahams declared her move in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), where she represented Gauteng for the DA.

The ANC welcomed her decision, but was silent on the defection to its ranks of three senior Congress of the People (Cope) MPs.

The ANC's national list, published on Tuesday, includes Abrahams, a low-profile DA MP, and heavyweight Cope MPs Leonard Ramatlakane, Julie Killian and Nick Koornhof.

There's speculation that the names of more Cope members will pop up on the ANC's provincial lists.

The Cope defections took other party members by surprise.

The DA's James Selfe says Abrahams's decision to defect was likely spurred by her featuring too low on the party's lists to stand a chance of being re-elected.