20%

CAPE TOWN

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over­rid­ing sen­ti­ment poll­sters pick up among them is a con­cern about the coun­try’s lack of di­rec­tion, our list­less­ness.

In Pretoria, many of th­ese vot­ers are civil ser­vants. If the ANC pulls out the stops, they will go “home”, says Har­ris. But if it doesn’t, the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers are at­trac­tive to the lower work­ing class. The blue T-shirts want them too.

“We’ve tar­geted four met­ros and it looks like we could gov­ern all four,” says DA na­tional spokesper­son Phumzile van Damme. If they scoop Pretoria and hold Cape Town, “we will be run­ning the leg­isla­tive and the ex­ec­u­tive cap­i­tals”, she says.

“We don’t have sleep­less nights about Tsh­wane,” says ANC spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa, “[the week’s] a pass­ing cold front. It will be fol­lowed by warm weather. We will re­tain all the met­ros we are in charge of at the mo­ment. The DA does not stand a chance of cap­tur­ing Tsh­wane.”

The an­a­lyst I chat to be­low says there will be no clear win­ner in Tsh­wane: if the ANC gears its cam­paigns and pulls out its vot­ers, it can still hold on to the cap­i­tal. The DA’s tire­less cam­paign has seen higher reg­is­tra­tions in its city strongholds.

Through­out the strug­gle against apartheid, the song Siyaya e Pi­toli re­ver­ber­ated at ev­ery rally, march, funeral and protest – We will take over Pretoria. To lose the city would be the loss not only of a sin­gle metro for the ANC, but the loss of a for­ma­tive place of vic­tory against apartheid too.

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