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Saturday, 04 May 2024 23:47

ANC intensifies efforts to regain support amid polls showing party below 50%.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

President Cyril Ramaphosa insists that the party he leads is in a process of renewal and will achieve an "overwhelming majority", despite polls tracking the ANC below 50%.

IPSOS released its latest poll which sampled over 2 500 registered voters. From this sample, only 40.2-percent indicated that they would be voting for the ANC.

This, as pundits already predict that the governing party may lose its majority at the May polls.

Ramaphosa has been doing door-to-door visits as part of the ruling party's election campaign at Nomzamo in Strand, just outside Cape Town.

This is his third and last day of canvassing in the Western Cape.

"As you enter this place, Nomzamo, met by strong stench, running throughout the streets. It's been one of those mornings… which is tinged with great deal of sadness on my part, but looking at the support here, believe ANC will do very well here."

South Africans will head to the polls on May 29 in what is expected to be the most hotly contest polls since the dawn of democracy.

Former African National Congress (ANC) president Thabo Mbeki has highlighted weaknesses in the governing party's election campaign.

Mbeki was speaking on the sidelines of his election campaign in Tshwane on Saturday.   

He said the ANC's campaign is failing to address challenges currently faced by citizens.

From what I've seen, I'm glad there is a lot of activity, a lot of campaigning by the ANC, but there are some shortcomings. You can see, it's very visible, I think there's not enough ANC posters in the streets."

Mbeki also said there isn't enough ANC posters to communicate with the people.

"I think that matter the ANC needs to correct. I think also we say these are the successes we've made over the last 30 years, that is correct. But the real challenge is that there is somebody who lives today who says 'I'm unemployed, I'm hungry, I have no water."

Mbeki stressed that these challenges must be addressed by the ANC.

"In the ANC campaign, we've got to address these challenges that the people make, and make commitments about those challenges, commitments that we are determined to fulfil, not just to make promises."

Mbeki said he made a suggestion to the ANC to convene a national convention after the elections to address the country's problems.

Former ANC Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said he is confident that the ANC has listened to the cries of South Africans.

Motlanthe was in Ekurhuleni for the party's campaign to woo voters as the country prepares for elections.

"I'm very confident that the ANC will restore its trust and the resident's region will vote for the ANC and the proof will be on the 29th of May. Then we don’t need to say much, the results will speak for themselves," he adds.

Elsewhere former ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa said, the governing party must be lauded for taking on its ex-president Jacob Zuma. 

While on a campaign trail in Mbombela on Saturday, Phosa questioned how someone could lead an organisation for ten years and then turn his back on it. 

He said Zuma, who continues to claim he is an ANC member despite having joined a rival political party, must face the music.

Phosa, who was elected alongside Zuma in the historic 2007 Polokwane conference, said that the establishment of MK party was the wrong decision. 

"You cannot be a president of a movement for ten years then turn your back against it. What are you trying to say? What message are you sending to young people? That you were not serious when you became president of the country, when people said you must unite the ANC, because now you are dividing it. I hold no grudge against him, but I don’t think he took the best decision of his life."