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'Election outcome won't radically affect SA'

In a public debate on the upcoming election, academics agree the outcome won’t radically affect SA.

In a public debate on the upcoming election, academics agree the outcome won’t radically affect SA. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Several respected academics said they don't believe the upcoming elections will set South Africa on a radically different political path to what it's on now.

The academics engaged in a public debate on 2014 general elections at the Centre for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town on Wednesday night.

Professor Steven Friedman said the ruling party has engaged in rhetoric for far too long.

But he said despite the Marikana shooting and the Nkandla scandal, the African National Congress (ANC) will be victorious and will secure more than 60 percent of the vote.

With elections just weeks away, Friedman believes voters will make up their minds just a few days before casting their ballots.

Academics agree newcomers on the political scene, like Agang SA and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) aren't going to make a significant ripple the in the ruling party's sea of support.