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.