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Local Elections: ‘Clear evidence’ that ANC may lose eThekwini to DA

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Oct 25, 2021

From an ANC perspective, this is unthinkable. But as far as the DA is concerned, it’s something very achievable. The alarm bells will be ringing for the governing party in eThekwini, as a recent poll showed that the opposition currently has a slender advantage heading into next Monday’s crucial vote for the Local Elections.

Local Elections latest: Who will win eThekwini?

On 1 November, millions of South Africans will vote for their municipal candidates. Both the ANC and the DA face the possibility of losing votes to smaller parties, but in their own head-to-head clashes, some rather interesting battlegrounds are popping up on the map – and eThekwini may just be the biggest scrap of the lot.

Polling from Victory Research is forecasting a major collapse in ANC votes, and a surge in DA votes.As it stands, the ANC would only secure 31% of the ballot in eThekwini.The DA, according to Victory, is ahead on 33%.The ANC earned 56% of the vote in the metro back in 2016, with the DA accounting for just 27%.However, the tide appears to be turning, and the DA is confident it can form a government in ETK.The DA would need to form a coalition with parties that could take them up to 50% – but it’s likely the EFF won’t be considered.

DA to steal a metro from the ANC?

Dean Macpherson, a shadow minister for the DA, is leading their charge in eThekwini. He was predictably buoyed by these numbers, and issued a passionate rallying call with just six days of campaigning left to go

“From every community we are in, the message is clear, voters want to see the ANC out of power and trust the DA to bring the change they so desperately need. We want to give the residents of eThekwini every opportunity to vote for a party like the DA that can turn our city around.”

“Never before has the DA had the opportunity to become the largest party in eThekwini. This would allow a DA-led government to kick-start economic growth that creates jobs, ends endemic corruption, halts cadre deployment, and stops the politicisation of the Metro Police so that they can protect our communities.”

This is backed up by what the DA continues to see on the ground in response to our campaign. From every community we are in, the message is clear, voters want to see the ANC out of power and trust the DA to bring the change they so desperately need.

— DA KZN (@DA_KZN) October 25, 2021

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