We want to win Cape Town: ANC

 ·28 Jan 2016

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says that the ruling party is aiming to win back the City of Cape Town in the upcoming municipal elections.

A date for the election has not yet been set and is believed to be taking place between May and August of this year.

The ANC reduced its majority in the national elections in 2014 to 62.1%, from 65.9% in the 2009 election.

The DA increased its share of the vote from 16.7% to 22.2%, while the newly formed Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) obtained 6.4% of the vote.

In the Western Cape, The DA attracted more than 1.24 million votes out of a total 4.1 million countrywide – holding 57.26% of the national vote in the province versus the ANC’s 34%, and 2.3% for the EFF.

In provincial elections, The DA took a 59.38% majority, versus 32.89% for the ANC, and 2.11% for the EFF.

The DA won the the City of Cape Town provincial elections with 61.5% of the total vote.

In the 2011 local government elections, the DA received 60.92% of the vote, against 32.8% for the ANC.

Mantashe told a press briefing on Wednesday that the ANC “is confident of retaining all metropolitan municipalities we currently govern and will be fighting to win the City of Cape Town”.

Many political commentators believe that the ANC faces stiff opposition for power in three major metros including Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.

President Jacob Zuma admitted earlier this month that the local elections would be one of the toughest for the ANC.

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