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ANC to deploy over 16,000 volunteers in CT on election day

The ANC says the party is hoping for nothing less than an 80% voter turnout in its strongholds.

FILE: ANC supporters listen to Baleka Mbete speak at the 104 birthday rally in Grabouw. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) will deploy more than 16,000 volunteers across Cape Town to ensure supporters cast their ballot on election day on 3 August.

The party's mayoral candidate for Cape Town Xolani Sotashe says the party is relying on a high voter turnout in order to wrest control of the metro from the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Sotashe and other ANC leaders accompanied President Jacob Zuma on door-to-door campaigns in the ANC strongholds of Khayelitsha and Philippi yesterday.

He says the party is hoping for nothing less than an 80% voter turnout in its strongholds.

"We will have all the door-knockers during the day of election. The message we are sending to people is that they must make sure on the day of elections, they go out in numbers."

Electioneering is an expensive exercise.

The party's head of campaigns Nomvula Mokonyane says the cost nationally has breached the R1 billion mark.

"We have the list conferences that we have been hosting. So, the ANC invests a lot of money other than just the t-shirts."

A number of rallies are planned for the end of this month to coincide with the party's national Siyanqoba Rally.