ANC: We have no reason to have sleepless nights over Nelson Mandela Bay

The party says poor attendance at it’s manifesto launch isn’t a reflection of how it’ll perform in elections.

Over 40 000 ANC supporters are expected to fill the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium as the governing party launches its election manifesto in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 16 April 2016. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it's not worried that it will lose the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, after President Jacob Zuma had to present the party's election manifesto to a half-empty stadium on Saturday.

The party's blaming transport problems for the fact that fewer than 42, 000 people came after it promised that over a 100, 000 would arrive.

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa says what happened at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium has nothing to do with how they'll do in that city during the local government elections.

"We have no reason to have sleepless nights about Nelson Mandela [Bay], we will retain it with majority."

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While the Sowetan's political editor Moipone Malefane says it's an interesting situation.

"I don't think it's a conspiracy, but there is an element of people who felt 'why must we come and listen to this person?'"

The ANC says it's still expecting to win the metro, despite claims that it will fall to a Democratic Alliance, Economic Freedom Fighters coalition.

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