Gauteng ANC not fazed by opinion poll that puts support at less than 50%

2014-01-16 16:54

The ANC in Gauteng has poured cold water on opinion polls suggesting that it would lose its grip on the country’s economic powerhouse in this year’s general elections.

The latest Ipsos South Africa survey says the ANC’s electoral support dropped to 45.5% by November last year.

Provincial ANC secretary David Makhura said this afternoon that he was confident the ANC would win “with a decisive majority”. The party hopes to garner 70% of the vote at the polls, which is higher than the 64% it got in the 2009 elections.

“Those of you who have been around as journalists know what different surveys have said in different years ... every election the ANC is losing support. And then there is big surprise after elections.

“We respect surveys ... but we also conduct our own research, and respond to the issues that our own research says [matter to voters],” he said.

The party in the province also sought to dispel perceptions and rumours that it was opposed to President Jacob Zuma, whose re-election in Mangaung in 2012 it opposed.

Makhura said Zuma topped Gauteng’s national candidates’ list in line with the resolution of the party in 2007 that its leader should ideally also be its presidential candidate in elections.

He said party structures had full confidence in Zuma’s leadership.

“The [candidate] list process is being finalised by the NEC (national executive committee) in the coming few weeks. We are one of the provinces that have put President Zuma on the number one position on the national list,” he said.

The province is preparing to launch a refined version of the manifesto, which addresses the province’s problems, on Sunday.

Asked if they were worried about the anger over e-tolling on the province’s freeways, Makhura said the introduction of public transport infrastructure such as the Rea Vaya bus system was an attempt to address concerns over e-tolling.

“We are confident that the emphasis on public transport ... is the answer,” he said.

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