The DA’s traditional base of white voters is being courted from all sides ahead of the 2019 general elections. From the conservative right, the Freedom Front Plus has made inroads in taking support from conservative and Afrikaans DA voters in recent by-elections, while the ANC is courting the party’s progressive supporters from the left, sending its president, Cyril Ramaphosa, in to bring the votes home. With Gauteng being anyone’s prize and with just more than a week to the polls, every vote becomes crucial as political parties vie for the votes to either hang on or take over SA’s economic hub. The FF Plus has invoked the erstwhile DA  slogan of  “Slaan Terug” (Hit Back), while the ANC has gone on the charm offensive in Sandton and the Western Cape, and will campaign in Pretoria this week. The ANC has effectively moved into the DA’s base in a bid to force it to fight for the votes it was traditionally very secure of, instead of allowing the official opposition party to solely foc...

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