ANC to prioritise service delivery issues

Gwede Mantashe saus the ANC is committed to resolving problems faced by communities.

ANC President Jacob Zuma and ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the announcement of the final results of the 2014 general elections at the IEC's National Results Operations Centre in Pretoria. Picture: Talk Radio 702.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC said it would prioritise areas that were declared hotspots around the country before the elections to resolve service delivery issues.

Areas including Bekkersdal and Gugulethu in Gauteng were marred by violent protests until the eve of the polls, which was won by the ANC.

Bekkersdal residents torched an IEC polling station during overnight protests ahead of the 7 May national elections. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

In both areas, Independent Electoral Commission tents set up as voting stations were torched.

Public property torched in Gugulethu. Picture: EWN.

The party's secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the party was committed to resolving the problems these communities were battling with.

"The decisive mind bestowed on our movement by the electorate is a directive that we must now put our collective to resolve to work to create jobs, eradicate poverty and eliminate inequality."

Meanwhile, Mantashe said that the outcome of this year's general elections showed the ANC's support base was "rock solid".

Video: ANC wins elections.

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

He added the party was recommitted to building the country and addressing issues in areas where people had voiced concerns.