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DA and MK Party set to dominate Gauteng and KZN

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and Jacob Zuma’s newly formed Umkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party will dominate in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal, respectively, in the upcoming elections, according to a new national survey of voters.

According to Daily Maverick, the Brenthurst Foundation survey found that the ANC’s support has fallen to 39%, making a coalition government highly likely after the general election on 29 May.

The biggest gainers were the DA, which rose to 27% from 23% in October, and Jacob Zuma’s MK party, which has 13% of the vote, making it the third-largest party, with the EFF falling from 17% in October to just 10%.

THREE PROVINCES AND THREE PARTIES

In Gauteng, the DA has risen to 32% (24% in October), and the ANC has fallen to 34% (down from 37% in October). The MPC coalition has 38% of the vote. A coalition government will run this province.

In KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma’s MK party is set to be the largest party, with 25% of the vote. The ANC (20%), DA (19%), and the IFP (19%) are running neck-and-neck. The aggregated vote for the MPC is 39%. A coalition government will run this province.

In the Western Cape, the DA retains a majority with 53% (down from 56% in October), while the ANC has risen sharply to 35% from 22% in October.

DA SCORES HIGHEST FOR FAVOURABILITY FOR PARTIES

The DA enjoyed the highest overall net favourability ranking for political parties (4%), with the ANC second (-4%). The least favorable was the FF+ (-31%), with the IFP and the EFF scoring -30%.

With 33% of the vote, the Multi-Party Charter (MPC) coalition (DA, IFP, ActionSA, ACDP, and FF+, among others) is just 6% behind the ANC.

Voters are unhappy with governance, with some 80% saying the country is “going in the wrong direction,” and the opposition-governed Western Cape and City of Cape Town ranked as the best-governed areas of SA by some margin.

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