Widespread concerns about the levels of immigration in South Africa make the issue appeal to voters across the economic and racial spectrum.
Electoral support by trade union federation Cosatu has been a huge asset for South Africa's governing ANC.
The problem with South Africa's governing ANC, is that to many of its members, politics is not about public service but about resources.
Governing parties and officials need to take note of the frustration being expressed by ordinary South Africans.
The Democratic Alliance is potentially in a good position to challenge the ANC, which governs South Africa, for power.