In three days South Africans will head to the polls for the municipal elections. The ruling African National Congress party (ANC) and others wrapped up their campaigns on Sunday.
The ANC is in disarray in several regions and is expected not to be able to champion the municipal elections like before.
It’s biggest headache at the moment is to retain five big metropolitan cities which it currently runs.
In his speech, the country’s president Jacob Zuma criticised the main opposition party the Democratic Alliance-run city Cape Town, saying that only the wealthy are prioritized.
“You must not be mislead by a party that only cares for Blacks on the eve of the elections. No white party can run this country, no matter how they cover up by getting a few black stooges, they, the whites, remain the bosses, they remain a white party,” he said.
According to some reports and polls, the ruling party is likely to lose major urban areas it has held since coming to power in 1994.
This as it slipped to 31 percent in Johannesburg from 59 percent in the 2011 local elections, and in Tshwane municipality, which includes the capital Pretoria, to 23 percent from 55 percent. In Nelson Mandela Bay, support was just 28 percent, from 52 percent last time.