Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.
Soweto residents followed the rest of the country in showing less support for President Thabo Mbeki with a dramatic drop to 43 percent in September from a record high of 64 percent last year.
Apart from Pretoria, this is part of an overall drop in support for Mbeki across all areas and ethnic and language groups in four years, it merged in a survey conducted by TNS Research Surveys.
Overall, Mbeki's support has dropped to 40 percent from an all-time high of 63 percent at the end of 2005. At one stage he had an approval rating of 66 percent.
Neil Higgs, the director for innovation and development at TNS Surveys, said the drop in support for Mbeki seems to have suffered after he fired outspoken deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge on August 8.
Researchers are still out in the field and Higgs believes that if the suspension of National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Vusi Pikoli is taken into account then Mbeki's approval rating could drop even further.
In the metro areas countrywide, Mbeki's overall support was 54 percent at the end of 2006 but it's now at 40 percent. The breakdown shows that in Gauteng 45 percent approve of the way Mbeki was doing his job, down from 59 percent last year. A further breakdown in Johannesburg and environs, showed that support dropped to 44 percent from a high of 63 percent in 2006. Johannesburg, excluding Soweto, dropped to 45 percent from 66 percent in 2006; Soweto dropped to 43 percent from 64 percent in 2006; East Rand dropped to 46 percent from 59 percent and the West Rand dropped the most to 28 percent from 53 percent.
In other parts of the country: Pretoria showed a slight increase in support to 45 percent from 44 percent last year.
Mbeki's traditional support in Eastern Cape also dropped to 55 percent from 60 percent, with Port Elizabeth showing a drop to 55 percent from 60 percent.
However, it was said this survey may not exactly reflect the support that Mbeki could have at ANC branches, according to political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi, quoted in the Sunday Times.