ANC pulled out all the stops to lure Soweto voters to poll stations
Increased support for opposition parties could make Soweto a crucial area for any political party wanting to govern the country’s economic hub
In a bid to avoid a repeat of the past municipal elections where a voter stayaway in Soweto contributed to the ANC’s electoral defeat in Johannesburg, the party deployed its provincial treasurer-general and former mayor, Parks Tau, to the area late on Monday evening to lure voters.
Indications by late afternoon on voting day showed a low voter turnout of 23,13% across the country and only 23,54% in Gauteng where the ANC support declined significantly in the 2016 and 2019 elections. ..