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ANC confident of middle class vote in local elections

The party’s Gauteng caucus says it's confident it will continue to enjoy support from the middle class.

ANC supporters at the Freedom Day celebrations in Pretoria. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News
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JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng says it's confident it will continue to enjoy support from the middle class in the province as it gears up for this year's local government elections.

At the weekend the party's provincial caucus announced its theme for 2016, aimed at fostering a strong focus on community development.

The ANC also says it will continue supporting university students in their protest action and is already in talks with the private sector to resolve the issue of accommodation.

Gauteng ANC Chair Paul Mashatile says a special focus will be given to the middle class in the province ahead of this year's local government elections.

“We have to engage with them. There are concerns of how we can work with them to accelerate transformation.”

Gauteng ANC chief whip Brian Hlongwa says the caucus is confident that the party will maintain its majority in the province.

“We are convinced that the vast majority of people in our province have greater confidence in the ability of the ANC to improve the quality on their lives.”

Gauteng Premier David Makhura is expected to outline his plans and programs during his State of the Province Address later today.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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