The stakes are high for the African National Congress (ANC), with just 9 days to go before South Africans head to the polls for the 2016 local government elections.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is trailing closely behind the governing party in the major metros (City of Joburg, City of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay).
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will for the time test their support in local bases, however, analysts predict growth for the party led by the former ANC Youth League president, Julius Malema.
702's John Robbie spoke to political analyst, Professor Kealeboga Maohunye, regarding his analysis on the matter.
He expressed concern with the number of elections-related violence that has occured in recent months.
Listen to the interview below:
I'm a bit worried about the number of deaths... Normally in an election, especially a local government election, you don't want to be talking about deaths.— Prof Kealeboga Maphunye, political analyst
Reports that the governing party has spent R1-billion on their campaign for the elections is an indication of the significance of the polls.
The figure of R1-billion is a staggering amount, it shows that the stakes are very high for this particular election.— Prof Kealeboga Maphunye, political analyst