Ramaphosa: ANC polls show party will retain metros

Cyril Ramaphosa says the ruling party is confident it is going to retain all the metros under its leadership.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the African National Congress (ANC)'s internal polls show the party will retain all the metros it currently governs.

Ramaphosa was campaigning in Tembisa in eastern Johannesburg yesterday with Ekurhuleni mayoral candidate Mzwandile Masina.

He said all those he interacted with seem to be happy with the ANC.

"Our polls as the African National Congress indicate that the ANC is going to retain all the metros that we're currently governing. That we're absolutely sure of. And we're also dealing with the real human-to-human poll."

Meanwhile, Ramaphosa has blamed a string of political killings in KwaZulu-Natal on a hidden hand aimed at destabilising the provincial party ahead of the elections.

Twelve ANC leaders have been killed in the province in the past two months.

When the number of ANC leaders killed in Kwazulu-Natal hit 10, the provincial party instituted an investigation to find out if the killings have anything to do with internal divisions.

But Ramaphosa believes there are other forces at play.

"It's quite clear that there's a hidden hand that's destabilising the ANC, that's aimed at derailing the ANC's intention to go to victory."

The provincial party has since asked security cluster ministers to step in, while pleading with the Luthuli House to also intervene.

While Ramaphosa couldn't say how the party will assist, he said there will be a strong intervention.

Meanwhile, residents raised issues from unemployment, lack of service delivery and poor health care. They have called on the ANC to keep its promises.

Some say all is well and they will vote for the party because of its good track record.

"I am very proud of the ANC because today our children are able to get grants, grannies are able to get Sassa [grants] and RDP houses for those who can't afford," a resident said.