Support for the ANC is not dwindling, says Gigaba

2016-02-01 12:57
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Johannesburg - Home Affairs minister and head of the ANC’s election campaign Malusi Gigaba has said the idea that the party is losing support ahead of the upcoming local elections is “nonsense”, The Star reported at the weekend.

Gigaba told the paper that the African National Congress (ANC) needn’t worry about losing more support, as the party is addressing its “problem areas”.

The party’s support was not dwindling, he said, saying people had suggested the party would receive less than 50% in the 2014 general election, which “turned out to be nonsense”.

The ANC won the general election two years ago with 62% of the vote.

ANC support in the Eastern Cape though decreased over the 2014 general elections, with the metro comprising Port Elizabeth, Despatch and Uitenhage, dropping below 50% for the first time since 1994.

Gigaba concluded by saying the ruling party has done its research this time round, and knew what issues were sticking points for their constituents, with the ANC now basing their 2016 manifesto around them.

'No force can beat the ANC'

In January, Gigaba also said the African National Congress can only lose the 2016 municipal elections if the party "does not listen", Eyewitness News reported.

He said the party was its own biggest enemy, and there was "no political force" in South Africa that could beat the ruling party in a vote.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe meanwhile is confident that the party will retain the metros it currently governs in this year's local government elections, News24 reported last week.

"Our urban areas have been de-racialised. In many municipalities financial management has been stabilised," he said last week Wednesday.

"National and provincial government have intervened decisively where necessary to ensure that weak or dysfunctional municipalities are capacitated and if in the interests of better governance, political leadership has been changed.

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