ANC confident of winning Midvaal
Johannesburg - The ANC is confident of winning the hotly contested Midvaal municipality, the party in Gauteng said on Wednesday.
"Our work among voters who have not supported the ANC in previous elections is yielding substantial results," provincial secretary David Makhura told reporters in Johannesburg.
He said the ANC was set to remain at the helm of most Gauteng municipalities.
The DA-led Midvaal municipality had been a focal point of the election campaigns of both parties, with the ANC intent on winning it from the opposition. Both parties had made allegations of irregularities during voter registration.
Makhura claimed the ANC in the province had reached two million people through its door-to-door work since January. It was now aiming to reach around 500 000 per week as the May 18 polls draw closer.
He believed the Democratic Alliance had played its campaign cards too early.
"The DA pitched too early in campaign talk. They promised very early and very confidently to take over key municipalities such as Johannesburg and Tshwane," Makhura said.
"The campaign of the opposition in Gauteng has retreated... .They have retreated to Cape Town basically."
The DA had "no hope" of winning any municipality in Gauteng and was changing its campaign tactic from "winning" to "talking about increasing black support", Makhura said.