Nelson Mandela Mayor Danny Jordaan queued patiently with other voters in the bitter cold to cast his ballot at a polling station at the Portuguese Club in Summerstrand on Wednesday.
Accompanied by his daughter Luana, Jordaan told reporters the ANC was aiming for a “55% and higher” majority win in the metro.
Jordaan is spearheading the ANC’s campaign to retain Nelson Mandela Bay metro in a fierce contest with the Democratic Alliance (DA).
He said the ANC had seen a “tremendous upsurge” of interest and support among the people in the city’s northern areas, which are mostly known to be DA strongholds.
“They are not going, they are already gone. You have seen them in their yellow T-shirts when we walked around, we’ve seen that in the Northern Areas and in Uitenhage. We walked one street with 400 T-shirts. At the end of the street we were asked to bring more T-shirts, and that is an expression of where people are,” said Jordaan.
He rubbished Ipsos polls putting the DA in the lead for Nelson Mandela Bay, saying it was not based on a scientific methodology, adding the only survey that counted was people going out to cast their vote.
“Ipsos has done that from the beginning. We wish them luck but that is not the reality here. Many people that I come across, the 30 000 people at Dan Qeqe Stadium, we asked them there, not a single one was touched by the Ipsos polls. It’s not a thorough and scientific methodology. It’s a touch-and-grab methodology,” he said.
He added the ANC would not win Summerstrand (Ward 1) and blamed that on “patterns of the past which still persist”.
“In this ward we will do much better and certainly get a lot of votes from here, but realistically I don’t think so. I think one must not dream I’m not a dreamer, I am a realist,” he said.
– African News Agency (ANA)