Credible independent institutions such as Gauteng City-Region Observatory with their Quality of Life survey, Moody’s Investors Service, and the sixth African Satisfaction Index by Consulta have acknowledged the good job done by the city of Ekurhuleni under the leadership of mayor Mzwandile Masina and the ANC. Significantly, the auditor-general gave Ekurhuleni a clean audit opinion. Residents have also rewarded the ANC and Masina’s performance through impressive support in the recent election. In effect, Masina resuscitated ANC electoral fortunes in his municipality. The DA lost lots of electoral support in Johannesburg and Tshwane. This could be a reflection of residents’ dissatisfaction with service delivery. The ANC has increased its electoral support in these two metros. The DA performance in Tshwane in the last three elections was as follows: 2014 — 33.75%, 2016 — 43.11%, 2019 — 29.52%. This drop in electoral support is not surprising. According to the Quality of Life survey, T...

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