Voter frustration predicted to cost ANC votes in this year's election

Voter frustration predicted to cost ANC votes in this year's election

- Recent statisitics show that many South Africans are unhappy with the ANC

- The party is expected to lose votes a as result

- However, most polls still predict that the party will remain in power

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While recent polls still predict that the ANC will win the 2019 elections, the party appears to blagging in many areas.i

The ruling party currently holds only 62 percent of the seats in national Parliament. In 2004, the ANC had 70 percent of them.

Even amongst ANC supporters there is frustraton with the party, evidenced by the recent waves of service delivery protests in Gauteng.

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The ANC's grip on power is weaker than it has ever been. For example, their share of seats in Parliament is expected to decrease in May by at least one percent. 

Other numbers also paint a bleak picture of ANC governance. Unemployment stands at over 27 percent and stage 4 load-shedding in recent weeks has cost the economy billions. 

Service delivery is also a sore point for many citizens, with widespread - and often violent - protests breaking out across the country recently.

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Despite some voters' frustrations with the ANC, no other party poses a legitimate challenge, at least at this point. The DA rose to 22 percent support in 2016, but polls suggest that it will dip to 18 percent this year, which is consistent with past trends of the DA benefitting from local elections due to lower voter turnout, according to TimesLive.

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Likewise, the EFF is predicted to rise to 10 percent of the votes on 8 May. While this is a relatively large gain for the party, it is still far short of the percentages commanded by the ANC.

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