Gwede Mantashe has been in the news for all the right reasons recently, with his firm handling of the national racism row playing out on social media channels. That said, the ruling party might be overstretching in its attempt to win back the DA stronghold and SA’s best run city.
So, despite the ANC’s slipping majority –down 3.8% in the last National election –, the party still believes there’s hope for them in the Western Cape – where the DA consistently wins with a growing majority every year –.
In last year’s elections the national vote percentages had a bit of a shake-up, with the addition of the EFF and the DA’s continued assault on ANC voting figures. The 2014 election saw:
ANC votes drop from 65.9% in 2009 to 62.1% in 2014
DA votes increase from 16.7% in 2009 to 22.2% in 2014 and
The EFF take 6.4% in its first ever general election
In the Western Cape the DA’s support sits at 59.38% provincially, with the ANC at 32.89% and the EFF at 2.1%. The City of Cape Town – the jewel in the South African crown for almost every political party – is sitting at 61.5% DA and 32.8% ANC.
Despite the overwhelming support for the DA in the Western Cape, Mantashe believes the ANC stands a good chance, and added that the party “is confident of retaining all metropolitan municipalities we currently govern and will be fighting to win the City of Cape Town.”
There’s been mention by some political commentators that the ANC stands to lose Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay in this year’s provincial government elections.