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The governing ANC appears on track to dominate the national election in May for the sixth consecutive time as it increasingly wins back supporters alienated by former president Jacob Zuma’s scandal-marred rule, an opinion poll released on Sunday shows.

Sixty-one percent of 3,571 adults interviewed face to face by research company Ipsos between October 23 and December 4 2018 said they would vote for the ANC, while 14% said they would back the DA, 9% the EFF and 2% the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP). No other party polled more than 1% support. Six percent of respondents said they would not vote or did not know who they would support, and 5% declined to answer. The ANC won power in the nation’s first multiracial elections in 1994 and secured 62.2% support in the last national vote in 2014, but its share tumbled to 54.5% in a municipal vote in 2016, largely due to discontent over Zuma’s rule. Cyril Ramaphosa won control of the ANC in December 2017 and became president two months late...

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