ANC likely to lose lo­cal vote in ma­jor cities: Polls

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST -

South Africa’s rul­ing African Na­tional Congress (ANC) looks likely to lose ma­jor ur­ban ar­eas it has held since com­ing to power in 1994 at the end of apartheid, opin­ion polls ahead of next week’s lo­cal elec­tions showed.

The eco­nomic hub of Johannesburg, the cap­i­tal Pre­to­ria and Nel­son Man­dela Bay on the east coast, could all fall to the main op­po­si­tion party, Demo­cratic Al­liance, on Aug. 3, ac­cord­ing to polls pub­lished last week by Ip­sos.

The ANC’s sup­port looked set to slip to 31 per­cent in Johannesburg from 59 per­cent in the 2011 lo­cal elec­tions, and in Tsh­wane mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which in­cludes the cap­i­tal Pre­to­ria, to 23 per­cent from 55 per­cent. In Nel­son Man­dela Bay, sup­port was just 28 per­cent, from 52 per­cent last time, the Ip­sos polls said.

With its rep­u­ta­tion bruised by ac­cu­sa­tions of cor­rup­tion against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, and high un­em­ploy­ment as Africa’s most in­dus­tri­al­ized coun­try teeters on the edge of a re­ces­sion, vot­ers are dis­en­chanted, Ip­sos and other polls showed.

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