SA is gearing up for hotly contested national elections on Wednesday, and political parties are crisscrossing the country making last-ditch appeals to voters ahead of the crucial polls. The counting of ballots is scheduled to start at 9pm, when voting stations close on Wednesday. The tallying will take place over the next few days, and final results are expected to be announced on May 11. According to a recent opinion poll by research firm Ipsos, the ANC is on course to win its sixth straight national election, likely securing 61% of the vote based on a 71% voter turnout. This is despite damning bribery and corruption claims against government and ANC officials that have come up at the ongoing commission of inquiry into state capture. The poll of 3,600 adults, who were interviewed face to face between March 22 and April 17, suggests that the DA would get 19%, with the EFF coming in at third securing 11% of the vote. No other party polled more than 2% support. However, some poli...

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