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ANC rejects Ipsos survey prediction of loss in Tshwane

The African National Congress (ANC) has rejected the election survey of the Independent Research Company, Ipsos, which predicts that the party may lose Tshwane in next month’s local government polls.

Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe dismissed the surveys as misleading, as they always predicts the ANC to lose on the eve of the elections.

He was campaigning at Khutsong, outside Carltonville, on Gauteng’s West Rand while other leaders were also out in North West and in Gauteng.

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is campaigning in the North West where he was flanked by the provincial leadership.

The issue of service delivery continued to be an issue with voters, but the party says it is up to the task of addressing these challenges.

The party’s secretary general’s hunting ground was in Carletonville. The mining town has its own challenges with unemployment being the issue.

During this campaign he took time to comment on Tshwane following the recent violent protests.

“I don’t think we are going to lose Tshwane after that problem that we had in Tshwane, we are coming out of it stronger,” says Mantashe.
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In Tshwane Mayoral Candidate, Thoko Didiza has committed herself to work with communities.

“I’m confident that we will be able to make a difference. What is important is how will we as the leadership of Tshwane with the administration, work together with the community. What is important is that our people become part and parcel of their own development.”

In the Nelson Mandela metro, the alliance put forward a united front.

From here we are working together, marching together in unison to work for the ANC and winning of the ANC. I think ward 22 of those we have half resolves hence we are coming back for it,” says Bheki Cele, NEC member.

“What we are happy with today, is that strength, that capacity of the workers of this region, they have decided to come together,” says Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini.

In the Free State, the party introduced its team for the local government elections.

Meanwhile, the governing party is deeply concerned about the spate of violence in the build-up to the elections.

“What we are doing is we’ve asked a team of people to examine every incident and that might take time. We might not have a report until September or October but in the meantime the perpetrators must be caught,” says ANC deputy Secretary General Jesse Duarte.

The police are investigating the killings.

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