The deputy public works minister, Jeremy Cronin, said the ANC was expecting to see a “decline in support” in Wednesday’s elections, but this would provide an opportunity for the party to do some soul searching.
Speaking outside the Pinelands townhall where he cast his vote, Cronin said these local government elections were more important than in previous years, “which I think everyone realises”.
“I think its obvious the ANC is undergoing a series of challenges which I think have to do with 22 years in incumbency, which brings its challenges, which the DA has discovered here in Cape Town.”
He said the big battles would be in the metros, “particularly the metros in Gauteng and Nelson Mandela Bay”.
Cronin said the party expected a decline in support, but he was confident the ANC “would do a bit better than the polls are suggesting”.
He said the party would need to reflect on reasons for the decline in voter support and a “great deal of soul seaching would need to happen within the party”.
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille also cast her ballot at the voting station, where some 2 500 people were registered to make their cross.
– African News Agency (ANA)