Barely Four weeks to the Municipal elections, polls result revealed that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has lost hold of one major municipality to another strong political opponent.
According to latest eNCA public-opinion survey shows, the ruling ANC has lagged behind in three key municipalities that it currently controls amid widespread discontent over high levels of unemployment and poverty.
The survey revealed that the ANC has dropped a point to 25% in the Tshwane municipality, while the DA remained steady at 39%, and the EFF gained a point to 13%.
The poll which was compiled for the broadcaster by research company Ipsos, is the sixth commissioned by eNCA that shows the ANC is facing a serious challenge to maintain control of the three municipalities.
Despite assuring votes for the ANC in the two former metros, the DA is still seen as the leader across all three.
The polls surveyed a demographically representative group of people made up of adults across all racial groups (majority black – 74%) between the ages of 18 and over 50, from low to middle income households.
The report also revealed that in Johannesburg, the ANC had 31% backing, while the DA dropped one point to 35%, and the EFF rose by an equal margin to 13% while the City of Tshwane is still tipped in the DA’s favour.
Mandela Bay gave the party a full support with about 27% addition compared to with 42% for the DA and 8% for the EFF.
ANC Still Confident About Winning
Reacting to this revelation, the ANC Gauteng said it is not sure about the polls result. It said the party is confident that the Local government elections will end up in victory for them
“What Ipsos is basically saying is we have lost the election,” Paul Mashatile, the chairman of the ANC in Gauteng, said in July 7 interview. “I’m not sure how they are doing their research. We are quite confident that in many of our municipalities”
About 200 political parties are to contest in the coming elections with nothing lesser than 61,014 candidates expected to vote that day.
However, some people are yet to decide who or what party they would be casting their vote for. the poll says the percentage of respondents who said they were undecided about who they would vote for was 16% in Johannesburg, 13% in Tshwane and 15% in Nelson Mandela Bay.
The ANC won control of 198 of the 278 municipalities, including seven of the country’s eight biggest metropolitan areas, in the last municipal elections in 2011.
The DA secured an outright majority in 18 councils, including Cape Town, which was not covered by the eNCA poll.