ANC election chief Fikile Mbalula’s assessment of the ruling party’s performance in local elections and the nature of the coalition talks has received mixed reviews on the Internet.
On Twitter this week, Mbalula stressed that the ANC “lost” the election not, but were “allied” by opposition parties who saw how they voted for DA candidates in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.
“We didn’t lose any elections, we lost to coalitions because we failed to get an absolute majority for the government, “said Mbalula.
” We won Joburg without an absolute majority, but they decided to give it to the DA. People voted for the ANC, not the DA. But we accept the coalition agreements and they did not favor us, “he added.
In a video addressed to ANC members and supporters, the party’s deputy general secretary Jessie Duarte said they should “have courage”. and “be strong”.
In her address, Duarte said that the ANC has been “betrayed” by people who claimed to be voting for the party.
< "We may have lost a lot that we worked very hard for, but we didn't lose the fight to change the lives of our people. Most of the parishes in our parishes are still under a parish council of the ANC and we have to remember that, "said Duarte
” Our people did not reject us, as the DA, EFF and others would like us to have believe. What we have to do is take two steps back to see what we have to do and make sure that not a single church in this country is undermining the lives of our people. ”In the meantime, accepted ANC Leader Cyril Ramaphosa the “disappointing” defeat, who said it was a sign that the country’s democracy is maturing quickly.
“What is unfolding is how democracy works. These are the footsteps democracy, and we’ve seen it play out across the country. And indeed it’s disappointing for the ANC as president of the ruling party, but that’s how we should accept the clear message from our people, “said Ramaphosa.
< p> He urged the elected leaders to prioritize stability in local government.
“As President of the Republic, I want to see stability in our local government sector, that any coalition that is formed leads to stable local government lead rt.
“I will urge those who came out victorious to make sure there is a stable government,” he said.