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ANC aims to remain in control of Mandela Bay Metro

President Jacob Zuma says the African National Congress (ANC) will do whatever it takes to retain control of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in Port Elizabeth. The metro is expected to be hotly contested in the 3 August Local Government Elections.

Zuma on Thursday embarked on a voter support election campaign in Uitenhage.

“For the ANC to dominate, it needs to be given votes by the majority so that it can have more power to do some things. We don’t take votes for granted; to us they represent political power that must allow us to run this country.”

The party is aiming to stay in power in the country’s main metros. It has been concerned that its numbers are sagging and opposition parties are on a fierce campaign to take over. ANC Head of Campaigns Nomvula Mokonyane says with the effort they are putting, they are confident of their prospects.

“We will give our all to Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Buffalo City and all our municipalities. We are the only party contesting every ward in South Africa, no other party is doing that, we have placed candidates everywhere we go in.”

Supporters of the ANC are expected to descend on the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday for the launch of the ANC Local Government Manifesto.

The ANC says they are putting together a programme and will launch an elections song.

Find more information about Local Government Elections below:

Who can register Special votes registration Finding a voting station Voter demographics

– By REUTERS

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