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Mantashe: ANC support base rock solid

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe is not fazed by their 3.75 percent loss in the national election.

Mantashe says the people of South Africa have once again given the party an overwhelming mandate to continue with the work they started in 1994. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the outcome of this year's general elections shows the ANC's support base is "rock solid".

Mantashe says the people of South Africa have once again given the party an overwhelming mandate to continue with the work they started in 1994.

He says the party is recommitted to building the country and addressing issues in areas where people have voiced concerns.

"We have committed ourselves to improve the conditions of our people living in rural areas."

Mantashe says he cannot understand why the party has come under fire for not getting as big of a percentage of votes as in 2009.

"That 62 percent is regarded as loss and 20 percent and five percent is regarded as a win. But they say that is only a unique mathematics to South Africa, it doesn't happen anywhere else in the world."

Mantashe has however said the party will now go back to the drawing board to assess why it lost support in some areas.

"I must concede that when you lose seats as a political party, it doesn't matter if it's one or two or three or four. When you lose seats you begin to count your fortunes as a party."

Meanwhile, a number of political parties look set to spend the next few days deciding whom to send to parliament.

A number of smaller parties are also contemplating their futures including Congress of the People (Cope), which failed to feature prominently this time around with only 0.67 percent as opposed to 7.42 percent in 2009.

Agang SA will be going to parliament but failed to secure significant support with 0.28 percent.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will also have to rethink its next move after Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko announced that she is leaving to study at Harvard University in the US.

DA leader Helen Zille says she won't be going to parliament just yet.

DA leader Helen Zille believes the Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF)'s success in the 2014 elections will not be sustainable.

The EFF has obtained the third most votes in the national elections with six percent and will have one seat in the Western Cape.

The ANC has received 62 percent, dropping from 65 percent in 2009 while the Democratic Alliance (DA) got 22 percent of the votes.

Zille explains because the EFF is going to have one seat in the provincial legislature, the person is going to have to work very hard.

"It'll be very hard for the EFF to translate its one election wonder into a sustainable organisation. That's going to be their next challenge."

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