Was the ANC manifesto launch in PE a flop or success?

Significantly low attendance at the ANC manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth over the weekend may be a sign of dwindling support for the party.

ANC's Baleka Mbete said there were 42 000 people in attendance, however, it was clear from the many empty seats that there were far less people in the stadium.

702's John Robbie spoke to EWN reporter, Govan Whittles, for a round up on this big story over the weekend.

Listen to the interview below:

In terms of the attendance at the venue itself, it was a damp squib. That's only because of the promises made by the ANC and the fact that they built so much hype filling the stadium demonstrating the widespread support they have.

Govan Whittles, EWN reporter

They ended up saying that reason behind it was transport problems, it certainly looks very bad for the party.

Govan Whittles, EWN reporter

We could still see the top tiers of the stadium were almost completely empty and the area directly opposite the stage was almost completely empty as well.

Govan Whittles, EWN reporter

There were significant number of empty spots, 30 000 would be a generous estimate.

Govan Whittles, EWN reporter

He [Cyril Ramaphosa] said the middle class is not concerned with the Nkandla matter or the Constitutional Court judgement.

Govan Whittles, EWN reporter
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