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Social Media Race to the ANC Presidency: Top content and the cabinet reshuffle

As the December conference draws closer, coverage of the ANC, and its presidential candidates, is noticeably increasing on social media, making for some interesting social media date observations. There is a distinct lack of active communication between the party and the general public, and looking at conversation peaks in October – in particular the recent cabinet reshuffle that saw the SACP’s Blade Nzimande’s removal as Higher Education Minister – one wonders if this could perhaps be one of the key turning points in the ongoing race for the top party seat.

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Social Media Race to the ANC Presidency: The resignation and the presidential hopefuls

WordStart, in collaboration with Crimson Hexagon, have investigated, tracked and analysed the social media conversations, the sentiment and public social media perceptions, as they relate to these two events. This specific analysis forms part of a larger piece of social media research that will investigate the race to ANC presidency that will be decided at the electoral conference due to take place in December this year.

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