ANC takes responsibility for party’s dismal performance

The ANC’s National Executive Committee has taken responsibility for the party’s dismal performance in major metros during municipal elections.


A four-day National Executive Committee meeting of the party concluded on Sunday evening where the ruling party assessed its poor showing in the local government elections.

The party lost major support in the Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane Metros and is trying to form a coalition to govern Johannesburg.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantanshe says voters have given the party a wake-up call in its worst showing at the polls since 1994.

He says its performance in the elections is a setback for transformation.

The ANC’s leadership will embark on a programme where it will meet communities, alliance partners and different sectors to hear their concerns. This forms part of a battery of resolutions that party’s leadership has announced in an effort to arrest the ANC’s electoral decline.

Mantashe says those who manipulated candidate selection processes will be held to account.

Furthermore, the ANC National Executive Committee wants to re-invent the National Development Plan and says the budget must be prioritised to facilitate this.

Mantashe says the NEC will take collective responsibility for the party’s dismal showing in major metros.

Mantashe says, “The NEC resolved that … effectively agreed to effectively deal with the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. Government and incoming cabinet Lekgotla must reprioritise the budget to give effect to the imperatives of the NDP and the nine-point plan in particular.”

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