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. ..

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